J Bruce Morton

Children's Health & Therapeutics Dr. J Bruce Morton
Associate Scientist


Associate Scientist, Division of Children's Health & Therapeutics
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Western University
Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Neurosicence, Western University
Principal Investigator, Brain and Mind Institute, Western University

How does my research help children?

Learning to regulate one's own thoughts, feelings, and behaviours is challenging for young children but critical for their future well-being.  Understanding why this is easier for some children than others will allow us to better help at-risk children to achieve this important developmental milestone.


Current Research

Individual differences in cognitive and behavioural self-regulation early in development longitudinally predict a variety of health-related outcomes, including risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, sexually transmitted disease and emotional dysregulation.  Our current research examines genetic and environmental factors that contribute to early differences in self-regulation by means of genetic, neuroimaging, and cognitive-behavioural methods.

Research Team:

Haley Fallowfield, Graduate student
Bea Goffin, Laboratory Coordinator
Niki Hosseini-Kamkar, Graduate student

Awards & Grants


Funding in support of "Active memory and the development of cognitive control" - Awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Funding in support of "Individual differences in cognitive and behavioral self-regulation early in development" - Awarded by ADF

Recent Publications


Sex differences in self-regulation: An evolutionary perspective
N Hosseini-Kamkar, JB Morton
Frontiers in Neuroscience.  In press

Behavioral sleep problems and their impact on developing executive function in children
K Turnbull, GJ Reid, JB Morton
Sleep. 2013; 36(7):1077-1084

Dimensional Change Card Sort performance associated with age-related differences in functional connectivity of lateral prefrontal cortex
F Ezekiel, R Bosma, JB Morton
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 2013; 5:20-40

Developmental changes in patterns of brain activity associated with moment-to-moment adjustments in control
HA Wilk, JB Morton
NeuroImage. 2012; 63(1):475-484

Surprise and error: Common neuronal architecture for the processing of errors and novelty
JR Wessel, C Danielmeier, JB Morton, M Ullsperger
Journal of Neuroscience. 2012; 32(22):7528-7537

Brain regions associated with moment-to-moment adjustments in control and stable task-set maintenance
HA Wilk, F Ezekiel, JB Morton
NeuroImage. 2012; 59:1960-1967

Multiple processes underlying Dimensional Change Card Sort Performance: an electrophysiological investigation
M Waxer, JB Morton
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2011; 23(11):3267-3279

The development of future-oriented control: an electrophysiological investigation
M Waxer, JB Morton
NeuroImage. 2011; 56(3):1648-54



Phone: (519) 661-2111, x84795
Email: bmorton3 [at] uwo [dot] ca
Website: http://www.cdnlwestern.ca/

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