Biobehavioral Research In Different Generational Experiences

When psychologists work with families, they often find it is difficult to get them to act naturally in a clinical setting.  If they also want to analyze physiological reactions, like heart rate, traditional monitoring systems are conspicuous and sometimes limit mobility.  To solve those that problems, BRIDGE is developing a device so non-invasive and unobtrusive that individuals and groups might forget they are being observed and interact more naturally.

The BRIDGE team merges the expertise of psychologists, research scientists, computer engineers and medical doctors and builds on four years of work with toddlers in Project Connect.  Their goal is perfecting a portable EKG monitor and a separate voice analysis system that could help move psychology and medical research out of the lab and into people’s daily lives.  This next generation model is small enough to strap to a wrist and sensitive enough to pick up electrical activity from the body without wire contacts and adhesive strips.  The voice analysis system could also have practical applications in other fields such as music.

Over the course of three years, BRIDGE will utilize this monitoring system to study 200 twelve-year olds and their parents discussing difficult topics, such as curfews, chores, and friends.

Principal Investigators

Melissa Sturge-Apple, Ph.D., Patrick Davies, Ph.D., – MHFC
Wendi Heinzelman, Ph.D., Zeljko Ignjatovic, Ph.D., Mark Bocko, Ph.D. – University of Rochester


Special Thanks to our Funder
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development