Dr Rohan Kapitany - 18th December 2020

‌Why do children believe in Santa, and what are the necessary pre-conditions for such belief? Children are surprisingly judicious in their ability to discriminate fantasy from reality, and the same cognitive faculties that underpin ordinary social cognition also appear to support belief in supernatural agents. Does Santa Claus represent a special case of supernatural belief, or is he different by degree, rather than kind, when considered in the context of fiction, mythology, and even institutional religion?

When: Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 16:00

Where: Dorothy Hodgkin Building, Room DH1.30A, Keele University

Parking: Pay and Display (details and map)

This is not a ticketed event - please just turn up


A note: potential attendees should feel free to email Rohan (by the beginning of December) with any questions on this topic they might like to see addressed in the talk! r.f.kapitany@keele.ac.uk

Dr Judith Semon Dubas - October 2019

We're pleased to announce the first of our research-based talks for this academic year which will be on Monday 21st October 2019 at 2pm at Keele, in the Dorothy Hodgkin building room 1.30a on the first floor. Professor Dubas is visiting Keele on an ERASMUS teaching mobility. All are welcome: no need to book. 
We will be announcing more Children and Young People network news and activities shortly.

Between- and Within-family Differences in the Transition to the Second Child

Judith Semon Dubas, Ph.D. Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The arrival of the first child is acknowledged as a major transition in a couple’s life yet there is less interest in what happens to families when an additional child arrives. Although several studies find that marital quality changes with the arrival of subsequent children (Twenge, Campbell & Foster, 2003), few studies examine what factors may be associated with these changes. Moreover, very little is known about what factors predict how the first child will react to the newborn.  In this presentation I focus on the results of a 4-wave longitudinal study of Dutch two-parent families that were followed from being pregnant with the second child to 1, 13, and 24 months after the birth.  In this presentation I focus on a set of studies on this dataset that show: (1) how a series of family interactions with a doll (prior to the birth of the second child) predicts firstborns’ jealousy and initial reaction to the sibling; and (2) how parental involvement with the first child changes when a second child enters the family and how these changes predict changes in marital relationship quality. 

Children and Young People's Research Network Launch

We officially launched the Children and Young People's Research Network on Monday 20th November 2017.