How do Toddlers Deal with Stress? New Wireless Research by Professor Wendi Heinzelman
A new wireless system developed by University researchers is offering an unprecedented look at how toddlers deal with stressful situations.
Called WiPsy (Wireless Technology for Psychological Research), the technology is the result of collaboration by the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering through an effort called Project Connect.
“The WiPsy system is going to give us a very sophisticated and unobtrusive way to assess a child’s reactions with computerized physiological and behavioral data,” says Melissa Sturge-Apple, a research associate at the Mt. Hope Family Center.
Wendi Heinzelman, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and codesigner of the system, says the information will give researchers insights not possible with simple observation alone.
The system is being developed and tested at the Mt. Hope Family Center where Sturge-Apple and grant collaborator Fred Rogosch, the research director at Mt. Hope, and others assess and treat families experiencing dysfunction and children at risk for social and emotional difficulties.