Behavioral Science Laboratory

The Behavioral Science Laboratory focuses on physical activity behavior, primarily in the pediatric population. 

Recent studies have focused on identifying and better understanding several factors that influence physical activity behavior in children such as; peer relationships, physically interactive gaming and manipulating the variety of exercise options.  These studies combine aspects of exercise science, psychology and physiology in an effort to elucidate the complex nature of why some children are very active while others are sedentary. 

The lab is presently equipped to perform a wide array of measures including, but not limited to; exercise tests, anthropometric measures, and assessments of relative reinforcing (motivating) value.  Nearby gymnasium space is also regularly utilized to re-create a naturalistic physical activity environment for participants.


To learn more about the Behavioral Science Laboratory, please contact Dr. Barkley at or 330-672-2857.