Socio-Emotional Projects

Socio-emotional skills are critical for academic success. At brainLENS, we are performing research to study this relationship, particularly in factors that positively or negatively impact this effect, such as mentoring or perceived stigma. We use our research findings to drive development of scalable tools to assess as well as train SEL, with a particular emphasis on underserved populations. We also develop community outreach materials such as teacher training modules with student activities, PTA seminars, and a comprehensive tool of assessment. To benefit from our tools and to partner, contact us.

Current Projects

Impact of Eye to Eye Mentoring

Eye to Eye pairs LD/ADHD elementary and middle school students with similarly identified college and high school mentors. We are examining changes in socio-emotional profiles using our SE Toolkit over the course of the school year for those enrolled and not enrolled in Eye to Eye. This project is funded by the Oak Foundation.

Investigation of Reading Anxiety

Though neurobiological, cognitive, and behavioral correlates of math anxiety are well-documented, the concept of "reading anxiety" is not well-developed. We are currently developing a tool to measure reading anxiety, and soon hope to validate it using neurophysiology.

Mechanisms of Stereotype Threat

Stereotype threat has been shown to be detrimental to cognition and performance in various groups. We are investigating the presence of stereotype threat and relatedly stigma consciousness in youth with and without learning differences, using a cognitive psychology computerized task.

Our SE Toolkit

Our socio-emotional (SE) toolkit is a compilation of socio-emotional surveys and questionnaires used to obtain a socio-emotional profile for an individual. Constructs measured include grit, mindset, motivation, stigma consciousness, and other characteristics linked to socio-emotional resilience.

The toolkit is administered online and includes audio and visual accommodations, with individualized score reports and resource guides available. The toolkit has been used since 2015, including in our research projects listed above.


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