Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
What the facility does

Research into human development across the lifespan, with special strengths in childhood and adolescence

Area(s) of Expertise

The Jack and Nora Walker Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development Research is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort dedicated to studying human development across the lifespan, with special strengths in childhood and adolescence. The Centre involves over 60 faculty members, representing social sciences, applied health sciences, education and humanities, and 40 community agencies that collaborate to investigate psychological, social, health, neurophysiological and educational aspects of life from infancy to old age. The Centre houses specialized labs, observation rooms, interview and testing rooms and computer labs for large-scale studies.

Research Services

Research, Testing

Sectors of Application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Specialized lab

Equipment

Function

Brock Institute for Electrophysiological Research

Six labs representing electrophysiology at all levels, from synaptic and neuronal function to peripheral action and cortical function

Neuroscience labs studying neuronal function, muscle function, cognitive and emotional processing and sleep mechanisms

Children’s Rights Consortium

Several labs

Rights of children in various special populations

Autism Research Lab

Several Labs

Evaluation of treatment programs for children with autism spectrum disorders

Adolescent Development Lab

Several labs

Adolescent lifestyle choices, with focus on positive forces in adolescent development

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab

Hemodynamic monitoring systems; high-density EEG systems

Psychophysiological responses to cognitive and affective challenges in various populations (age, mental health, demographic status)

Face Perception Lab

Eye tracking; 3-D face photography

Changes and mechanisms of expertise in face perception across the lifespan

Social-Cognitive Development Lab

Several labs

Examination of lying and truth telling in children and adolescents and the effects of interventions to increase honesty

Brain and Language Lab

High-density EEG system

Brain correlates of the perception and processing of language in real time

Leave The Pack Behind

Several labs

Young adult tobacco-use research

Data Inventory and Synthesis Collaboration

National census and databases

Community health research through large population databases

Reading and Learning Skills Labs

Two labs

Evaluation and treatment of reading skill deficiencies in children and young adults

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URL

Institutes & Research Centres at Brock University

http://www.brocku.ca/research-at-brock/institutes-and-centres

Five new research groups at Brock

http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/3268065-five-new-research-groups-at-brock/