Children's emerging understanding of death

We review research on children's understanding of death. In particular we examine how children learn about death by talking with parents, consuming media, and participating in cultural rituals.

Do details bug you? Effects of perceptual richness in learning about biological change

We examined whether the perceptual richness of a diagram influences adults' learning and transfer of knowledge about metamorphosis. Adults who saw the bland diagram during the lesson accurately transferred more than adults who saw the rich diagram during the lesson.

Reframing mental illness: The role of essentialism on perceived treatment efficacy and stigmatization

We examine how the framing around mental illness influenced how people thought about them. Describing mental illness with an essentialist framing led adult to think drug treatments (but not talk therapy) would be more effective.

Embracing Death: Mexican Parent and Child Perspectives on Death

We used a mixed-method approach to explore parent and child perspectives on death in Puebla, Mexico. While all children in this sample displayed a biological understanding of death, they also combined this knowledge with spiritual information.

Do you remember being told what happened to grandma? The role of early socialization on later coping with death

We examined how adults’ memories of socialization regarding death might influence their self-reported coping with losses in childhood and adulthood. We show that participants who remembered their parents shielding them less from issues related to death reported better coping as children and adults.

Strategy adoption depends on characteristics of the instruction, learner, and strategy

We examined whether strategy adoption depends on the confluence of many factors, including the context in which a target strategy is introduced, characteristics of the learner, and characteristics of the strategy itself.

Understanding strategy change: Contextual, individual, and metacognitive factors

A selective review of research on three classes of factors that may influence processes of strategy change in mathematical problem solving: contextual factors, individual factors, and metacognitive factors.

Adolescent Predictors of Incidence and Persistence of Suicide-Related Outcomes in Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Study of Mexican Youth

This study uses data from a two-wave longitudinal study to evaluate which sociodemographic and psychiatric factors and life events predicted the incidence and remission of suicide ideation, plan, and attempt throughout the 8-year span.


Commentary on Lockhart and Keil (2018) monograph.

Cognitive constraints influence an understanding of life-cycle change

We investigated 3 to 11 year old children and adults’ reasoning about life-cycle changes. The results suggest that endorsement of the different patterns is influenced by age and familiarity.