Welcome to the Aging, Growth, and Experience Labs (AGE Labs)! We are part of the Department of Psychology at Appalachian State University. The AGE Labs are run by several faculty members, and we study a variety of questions related to how people develop across the lifespan. Some of our research questions include:

  • How do children’s food preferences develop? Why are some kids so picky? (Dr. Amy Galloway)
  • How do children and adolescents evaluate their treatment by authority figures? (Dr. Twila Wingrove)
  • Are there any positive or negative repercussions of playing video games? (Dr. Mary Ballard)
  • What factors help protect against memory decline as we age? (Dr. Lisa Emery)

We are grateful to the many families and students who have participated in our research. Their generously donated time has contributed significantly to our knowledge about important developmental issues. Please take some time to explore our website, and contact us if you have any questions or would like to get involved. You can find out more about what participation would entail on our FAQ page.

You can learn more about our current studies and their results by reading our newsletter.

Where are we located?


We are in the process of moving to new, permenant lab space in University Hall. This is the former location of the University's Institute for Health and Human Services. The new space will include new testing rooms, offices, and will be adjacent to the department's Psychology Clinic.  The building is off of the main campus, and has ample parking for research participants.

In Fall 2018, we will be closing for a period in late August/early September for the move. We will be in temporary space in University Hall for the rest of Fall 2018, and will be back to full operation in January 2019. If you are scheduled for an appointment in Fall 2018, we will give you specific directions to the University Hall Space.

Questions abou the move? You may either contact our general AGELabs email, or Dr. Emery at