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Psychology and Human Development

Enhanced e-book helps close the word gap in children from families of low socio-economic status

Jun. 29, 2020—New research from Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development asks whether the use of an enhanced electronic book can train parents in reading methods that facilitate parent-child conversations, which are known to spur preschool vocabulary development and the language processing skills necessary to close the word gap.

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Ask an Expert: How can you recognize false information about the virus?

Jun. 11, 2020—Lisa K. Fazio, assistant professor of psychology at Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development, gives tips to social media consumers on how to recognize misleading information about COVID-19.

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Parent depression linked to reduced empathy, putting kids at risk for adverse outcomes

May. 18, 2020—Depression in parents can lead to reduced empathy toward their children, which puts the children at risk for long-term negative impacts.

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Fact or Fake? The role of knowledge neglect in misinformation

May. 15, 2020—Psychological research demonstrates that noticing errors in what we read is often difficult, and that those errors can affect our later beliefs, even when we know they’re wrong.

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Domestic abuse expected to rise during COVID-19 outbreak

May. 1, 2020—The stresses placed on families, combined with the closure of classrooms and child care during the COVID-19 outbreak, heightens the risks of domestic abuse and neglect, according to a new Vanderbilt University report published online in "Pediatrics," the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Ask an Expert: How can you alleviate stress around coronavirus?

Apr. 16, 2020—With families facing unprecedented stress during the COVID-19 crisis, parents need to prioritize mental wellness in order to be present for their children, Vanderbilt psychology professor Bruce Compas says.

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Researchers say this simple trick could stop the spread of misinformation on social media

Feb. 11, 2020—Psychology professor Lisa Fazio conducted a study to see if asking people to explain why a headline is true or false affected their intention of sharing it on social media.

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Vanderbilt researcher shares more than 3,000 brain scans to support the study of reading and language development

Jan. 10, 2020—Vanderbilt neuroscientist James R. Booth is releasing two large scale neuroimaging datasets on reading and language development to support other researchers studying how academic skills develop in childhood.

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Vanderbilt researchers featured prominently in 2020 Edu-Scholar rankings

Jan. 8, 2020—Seven professors from Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development are on the 2020 list, as well as one from the College of Arts and Science.

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Wente surprises Peabody’s Armstead, Housing and Residential Experience’s Clark with Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Awards

Dec. 16, 2019—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente recently presented the final two Chancellor’s Heart and Soul Staff Appreciation Awards of the year to Randy Clark, area maintenance supervisor in the Office of Housing and Residential Experience, and Ally Armstead, education coordinator in the Department of Psychology and Human Development.

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Hearsay plays a key role in how children perceive others, new study finds

Dec. 13, 2019—A new Vanderbilt report finds that children are highly influenced by what they overhear adults say about others.

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Faculty named to Chancellor’s Public Voices Fellowship for spring 2020

Sep. 26, 2019—Tony Capra, Lisa Fazio and Renã A.S. Robinson have been selected as Chancellor’s Public Voices Fellows for the spring 2020 semester.

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