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Vanessa LoBue Ph.D.
Many children believe that one man travels to every home in the world in a single night, riding a sled driven by flying reindeer. Here's what science says about why.
Having a child who is a picky eater can drive a parent crazy. Here are some tips about winning mealtime battles with a picky eater, and how to make meals more fun in the process.
Here's why snakes, spiders, and other notorious creepy-crawlies make so many of us jump out of our seats.
Does early music exposure have some benefit for infants and young children? Yes, and in more ways than one...
Research shows that gestures can be useful for learning, particularly for babies and children who aren't yet able to verbalize their thoughts.
Research suggests that babies use several cues to decide who and what is alive, and who might be a good listener.
Research suggests that loneliness can be a serious health risk on par with the risk of smoking and obesity. Here's why (and what you can do about it).
We are finally seeing some relief from COVID-19 with the approval of vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J for ages 16 and up. But when will they be safe for younger children?
When I was a kid, my parents constantly told me to go play outside. But outdoor playtime has declined over the decades. Here's why we should make an effort to bring it back.
Studying twins provides insight into the brain, behavior, and child development.
The winter months can be depressing, especially in a pandemic. Here's how to combat the February blues?
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.
Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University.