WELCOME TO THE REPRESENTATIONS OF
EARLY EXPERIENCES LAB!
The Representations of Early Experiences Lab (REEL) is a research group based in the Department of Psychology in the Division of Science at New York University – Abu Dhabi. Our lab primarily focuses on the developmental and cognitive mechanisms that account for the enduring effects of early experience across the lifespan.
Meet the Team
Led by Dr. Waters (Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University Abu Dhabi and Global Network Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University), our lab combines a diverse cohort of academics
Latest Projects & Collaborations
Narrative Identity Study
This multi-site longitudinal study examines stability and change in the autobiographical narratives of emerging adults. We are especially interested in the functions these narratives serve (self, social, and directive). In addition, we hope to examine the role of culture and social construction of meaning in narrative identity.
Nanjing MetroBaby Study
A 10-year longitudinal study of child development in Urban China lead by an interdisciplinary group of researchers across the three NYU global sites (New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai). Our lab is currently examining the development of secure attachment in middle childhood, including the influences of early care giving, peer relationships, and teachers.
Attachment Secondary Processing and Analysis Network (ASPAN) Study
A multi-site longitudinal project examining the development of secure base script knowledge from infancy through late adolescence. In particular, our work focuses on both the antecedents of this script knowledge as well as transmission onto the next generation across normative and higher-risk samples, sex, and racial groups (White/non-Hispanic and Black).