Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Does wearing a face mask get in the way of children’s emotional learning and their ability to understand and respond to the emotions of others? Here are some answers.
With remote learning as the only option for some schools, parents are concerned about all the extra screen time. Here's what science has to say about the impact on our kids.
Giving to others has long-term benefits for our happiness and well-being. But sharing doesn't come easily for kids. Here's how to get them into the spirit of giving this season.
Why do some of us go out to celebrate a holiday built on fear while others just stay shuddered at home? Here's the science of how we (and our children) learn to be afraid.
Babies have a lot to learn. Here's how they can use our faces to learn important information about the world around them.
We all know that children can be cruel to each other. But when and how do children behave aggressively? When does aggressive behavior turn into bullying?
How hands-on, well-intentioned parenting can lead to over-involvement, and how letting kids fail is sometimes the best way to help them succeed.
Here are a few lessons from developmental science that might help parents to talk to their children about racism and to be active agents in promoting anti-racism at home.
There are lots of things that can make life harder for children. What factors can help kids succeed even when the odds are stacked against them? What leads to resilience in kids?
With the stress of a pandemic, it’s easy to deprioritize your own needs to take care of your family. Here's why taking care of your own mental health is important for your kids.
Many are panicked about how to keep their families healthy and avoid spreading the disease. So what do we do?
Babies don't recognize themselves in the mirror until the second year of life, which is around the same time they develop a sense of self.
Empathy enables us to relate to others and motivates us to help those in need. Unfortunately, empathy is on the decline. Here's how to promote empathy in our kids and ourselves.
Although there is a temptation to go overboard with gift-giving during the holidays, here's how fewer, simpler toys can add a little extra creativity to your child's fun this year.
How do children distinguish fantasy from reality? Fact from fiction? Here's what research says about how children learn what's real and what's pretend, especially in media.
What makes a child shy or outgoing? Is shyness something that we’re born with, or is it something we develop over time? Here's what research can tell us.
Controlling one's emotions is difficult, especially for young kids. Here's research on how encouraging kids to talk about emotions can help them develop emotional competence.
It may be obvious that reading to preschool-aged kids has benefits for school readiness, but there is evidence that reading to infants is also beneficial, even reading to newborns.
Ever notice how kids like reading the same books and singing the same songs again and again? Here's why they like it, and why it might be good for them.
Parents often anticipate that magical moment when their babies take their first steps. Here's how crawling and walking changes the world for babies and for parents.
Parents endorse the idea that child-centered, time-intensive, hands-on parenting is best. But while enrichment is great for kids, it can come at a cost if it comes with stress.
It's a common stereotype that boys are better than girls at math. According to research, it doesn't start out this way. How do we help encourage girls to keep engaging in STEM?
Children are being exposed to online media at earlier and earlier ages. Here's what research says about the effects of media on children, and what we can do to keep media use safe.
A fake study linking vaccinations to autism has led to plummeting vaccination rates. Here's how it happened, and what we know about vaccinations and what really causes autism.
More women die in childbirth in the United States than in any other developed country. This year, several researchers have done in-depth investigations to find out why.
Spanking has been a common form of discipline for decades. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that parents don't spank their kids. Here's the research on why.
A helping hand from a grandparent can go a long way.
Women who start a family have more difficulties than men getting ahead at work. Here's what research says about why we fall behind, and how family friendly policies can help.
We all have expectations for our kids, whether we know it or not. But how do these expectations affect them? Research shows that expecting the best might encourage them to succeed.
At some point, all parents need to make the difficult decision of who is going to take care of their child. Do you stay home? Choose a daycare? A nanny? Here's some help deciding.
Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University.