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)
  • What can toddlers learn by interacting with people over video chat? (Dr. Robyn Kondrad)
  • 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?

Our research is conducted in two locations. If you have registered for a study, you will receive directions to one of these facilities from the AGE Labs. You can also contact us if you have any questions.

The Charleston Forge research space is located at the Boone Industrial Park. Most of our studies for children and adults are located here.

The Smith-Wright Hall research space is located on Appalachian State’s campus. Most of our studies for undergraduate students are located here. Occasionally, studies for adults will be located here.


CHARLESTON FORGE RESEARCH FACILITY: Located on the second floor, all the way on the right