Diamond, A. (Feb. 19, 2013). Interventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4-12 years old. Invited talk. EdBag session - a PIER brown bag lunch series, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Diamond, A. (Oct. 2, 2014). What executive functions are, why theyre important, and ways to improve them in young children. Keynote Address, Symposium on 'Creativity, Flexibility, Self-Control, and Discipline: Building Executive Function Skills in Young Children: Practice & Policy ', Lipsitt-Duchin lecture series co-sponsored by Brown University and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Providence, RI. Continuing Education credit provided.
We want to study how a large spherical drop of water interacts with a porous surface. However, it is hard to create a large spherical droplet under earth gravity since it will deform under its own weight and not be spherical anymore. So having the opportunity to conduct our experiment in microgravity is the perfect solution for us. In order to perform our study we have constructed an experimental setup that consists of two main parts. This setup is inspired by an earlier experiment from Prof. Michel Louge and his team at Cornell University. Part one is an apparatus to create an appropriately sized droplet. This is done by filling a hydrophobically coated, split spherical cavity with water (using a tiny syringe). The two hemispheres are initially pressed together by springs. The hemispheres then can be separated by an electromagnet creating a force that counteracts the springs, and a free floating droplet is released. The second part concerns the porous medium, which will sit on a small platform attached to a linear actuator, which, upon division of the half spheres will move it towards the droplet. The whole process is recorded by a high-speed camera.
Adele Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and was recently recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today.
Diamond, A. (1992). Recognition memory assessed by looking versus reaching: Infants' performance on the visual paired comparison and delayed non-matching to sample tasks. Technical Report IRCS-92-11, University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.
Diamond, A. (Oct. 6, 2009). Strategies and programs to improve cognitive control and academic achievement in young children: What's joy got to do with it? Invited talk. Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.