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Vanessa LoBue Ph.D.
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 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.
Decades of research shows that separating children from their parents can be harmful. Here's a brief summary of the reasons why it can be detrimental to child development.
Have you ever tried to change your child’s behavior by offering him candy? Stickers? Money for good grades? Research covers the pitfalls of using rewards.
Has parenting made you more forgetful? Emotional? Ever blame it on "mom brain"? Here's the science behind how our brains might change after becoming a parent.
As a parent, it can certainly feel like there are major differences in how you parent one child versus more. Here's what science says about the effects of birth order on children.
The average adult spends nearly 5 hours on a cell phone each day, distracting them from paying attention to their children. Here is some new research on how this affects kids.
Parenting is hard work and can be stressful on a relationship. Recent research suggests that what you might need to feel happier and relieve some of that stress is more free time.
With recent gun violence in the U.S., one of the questions that always comes up is whether violent media promotes violent or aggressive behavior, especially in children.
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.
Is your child a picky eater? It turns out that many children are, but here are some useful tips backed by research to help curb the picky eater at your dinner table.
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?
Doctors are starting to tout the importance of skin-to-skin contact for newborns. Here's what science says about why touch is so important for babies, and for you.
Do you have a teenager at home? Here's what's special about the teenage years and what makes them so difficult...for both parents and teenagers.
Every interaction with the world can offer children an opportunity to learn. Here's how play, and more specifically, guided play with a parent can encourage learning.
For Father's Day, we describe the science of what makes fathers unique from mothers, and the special role they play in child development.
Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University.