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Monday, October 31, 2005

'How Do Children Learn Self-Control?' Seminar November 9

SALISBURY, MD---“How Do Children Learn Self-Control?” is a topic of a free one-hour public seminar presented by Salisbury University’s new Institute for Developmental Research, debuting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, in Henson Science Hall Room 111. Light refreshments will be served.

A preschooler’s expanding self-control links all areas of development including thinking skills, emotional regulation and the ability to delay gratification. Dr. Jason McCartney, faculty in SU's Psychology Department, discusses the development of self control in children and answer any questions parents, teachers, and day care providers may have.

“The seminar series is specifically targeted for teachers, parents and service providers in the community,” said Dr. Ellyn Sheffield of SU’s Psychology Department. “During each seminar current research and new perspectives will be presented and discussed. Future topics for 2006 include how children discover right and wrong, play behavior in the early years and the use of technology to foster cognitive development in the early years.”

McCartney’s talk is free and the public is invited. Parking is available in SU’s lots adjacent to Route 13 near Caruthers Hall and the Maggs Physical Activities Center.

The Institute for Developmental Research was founded in 2005. Its mission is to promote collaborative research in the field of developmental psychology, bringing together the social, emotional, clinical, physiological, and cognitive domains.  The institute also hopes to cultivate and share with the community knowledge that enhances child and adolescent development and family well-being.

The institute invites parents who have children between the ages of 16 and 30 months to participate in developmental research currently being conducted.  Ongoing research projects focus on memory, learning, social and emotional growth and development.

Depending on the study, children may visit SU once or twice to play with toys and interact with an experimenter. Parents accompany their children through the entire experience and are encouraged to ask questions about their children and the research study. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at "

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