Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging LaboratoryWestern Social Science

Samm Goldsmith

Samm Goldsmith

Hello! I am a Master’s student in the Developmental Psychology Program working with Dr. Bruce Morton and the rest of the wonderful laboratory team! I completed my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, where I majored in psychology and minored in chemistry.

My research interests revolve around emotion regulation – our ability to monitor, evaluate, and modify our emotional reactions. I am particularly interested in how these self-regulatory skills develop over the course of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. During my undergraduate career at Queen’s, I studied the emotion regulation abilities of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sparking my desire to approach this complex psychological construct from a developmental perspective. 

I am also very interested in exploring the intersection of emotion and cognition, looking specifically at how emotion regulation abilities may be intertwined with executive functions, such as the ability to manipulate our attention and to inhibit impulsive responses. I am currently working on my Master’s thesis, where I will be exploring these questions in more detail, and investigating how the emotion-cognition relationship may differ over the course of development. I am very excited about this project, and I hope to contribute to a growing understanding of the mechanistic relationship between emotion and self-regulation.