University of Wisconsin–Madison

Hill Goldsmith

Antoine Bascom Professor & Leona Tyler Professor of Psychology

(608) 265-2674 (lab)

439 Psychology

Research Area(s)

Lab Website
Wisconsin Twin Research

Research Interest
The focus on our laboratories in the Psychology Department and at the Waisman Center is temperament and emotional development, with emphasis on the behavioral challenges of childhood. Our research brings together elements of the traditional fields of developmental psychology, psychopathology, psychometrics, neuroscience, and genetics. Graduate students come from clinical psychology, developmental psychology and IGM programs. We study infants, young children, and their families, and many of our subjects are twins. Typical longitudinal studies in¬clude laboratory-based assessment of infant emotional reactivity, study of the emotional atmosphere of the home, and analysis of genes, neuroimaging and endocrine measures. Among other topics, current studies address (1) the RDoC conceptualization of psychopathology; (2) motoric and sensory issues during development; (3) temperament as both a facet of typical emotional development and a risk factor for disorders; and (4) genetic epidemiology of a range of childhood disorders.

Representative Publications
Burghy, C. A., Fox, M. E., Cornejo, M. D., Stodola, D. E., Van Hulle, C., Ojiaku, P., Schmidt, N. L., Davidson, R. J., Goldsmith, H. H., & Birn, R. M. (2016). Experience driven differences in childhood cortisol predict affect-relevant brain function and coping in adolescent monozygotic twins. Scientific Reports. Published online, Nov. 22.

Planalp, E. M., Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). Genetic and environmental contributions to the development of positive affect in infancy. Emotion. Published online, Oct. 31.

Sarkisian, K., Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). Childhood inhibitory control and adolescent impulsivity and novelty seeking as differential predictors of relational and overt aggression. Journal of Research in Personality. Published online, 3 August.

Van Hulle, C. A., Clifford, S., Moore, M., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). Partial constructive replication of two rumination-related candidate gene studies. Cognition and Emotion. Published online 13 April. DOI:10.1080/02699931.2016.1168779.

Scott, B. G., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Clifford, S., Tein, J-Y, Stoll, R., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2016). A twin factor mixture modeling approach to childhood temperament: differential heritability. Child Development, 87, 1940-1955. DOI 10.1111/cdev.12561

Clifford, S., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). The unique and shared genetic and environmental contributions to fear, anger, and sadness in childhood. Child Development, 86, 1538–1556.

Van Hulle, C., Lemery-Chalfant, K., & Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). Trajectories of sensory over-responsivity from early to middle childhood: Birth and temperament risk factors. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129968. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129968

Goldsmith, H. H. (2015). The functional significance of temperament. In M. A. Gernsbacher & J. R. Pomerantz (Eds.). Psychology and the real world (2nd ed.) (chpt. 12) New York, NY: Worth.

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