Alana Anderson, M.S.


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I am a PhD Candidate in Prevention Science at Washington State University working with Dr. Sammy Perone in the Lab for the Developing Mind @ WSU.  I also teach Human Development Across the Lifespan and am a  Learn Inspire Foster Transform (LIFT) fellow

Generally my research focuses on 1) uncovering the  general processes involved in self-regulation and 2) applying developmental science to real-world problems to positively impact individuals, families, and communities.  My research uses a variety of methods ranging from interviews and surveys, to behavioral, eye-tracking and EEG.

Recently I have been study self-regulation as it relates to boredom.  Boredom is a common negative emotion that is associated with a variety of negative short-term and long-term outcomes (e.g., loss of motivation, increases in risk taking, increases in anxiety and depression). Identifying individual and contextual factors associated with regulating boredom in healthy ways may help us reduce these negative outcomes. 

I anticipate completion of my PhD in May 2022.

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