Publications

Publications

Journal Articles      Book Chapters    Posters & Presentations    Grants

Journal Articles

  • Richert, R. A., & Schlesinger, M. A. (2016 – Accepted). The role of fantasy-reality distinctions in preschoolers’ learning from educational video. Infant and Child Development. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., Saide, A. R., Lesage, K. A., & Shaman, N. J. (2016 – Accepted). The role of religious context in children’s differentiating between God’s mind and human minds. Paper to appear in British Journal of Developmental Psychology. (PDF)
  • Schlesinger, M. A., Flynn, R. M., & Richert, R. A. (2016). US preschoolers’ trust of and learning from media characters. Journal of Children and Media, 10(3), 321-340. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., Shaman, N. J., Saide, A. R., & Lesage, K. A. (2016). Folding your hands helps God hear you: Prayer and anthropomorphism in parents and children. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 27, 140-157. (PDF)
  • Shaman, N. J., Saide, A. R., Lesage, K. A., & Richert, R. A. (2016). Who cares if I stand on my head when I pray? Social cognition and ritual inflexibility in preschoolers. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 27, 122-139. (PDF)
  • Flynn, R. M., & Richert, R. A. (2015). Parents support preschoolers’ use of a novel interactive device. Infant & Child Development 24, 624-642. (PDF)
  • Flynn, R.M., Richert, R.A., Staiano, A.E., Wartella, E. & Calvert, S.L. (2014). Effects of exergame play on executive functioning in children and adolescents at a summer camp for low income youth. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology 4, 209-225. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A. (in press). The trouble with halos: Invited commentary on Kim, S., & Harris, P. L. (2014). British Journal of Developmental Psychology. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Smith, E. I. (2012). The essence of soul concepts: How soul concepts influence ethical reasoning across religious affiliation. Religion, Brain, & Behavior, 2(2), 161-176. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Smith, E. I. (2011). Preschoolers’ quarantining of fantasy stories. Child Development, 82(4), 1106-1119. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., Robb, M., & Smith, E. (2011). Media as social partners: The social nature of young children’s learning from screen media. Child Development, Special Issue: Raising Healthy Children: Translating Child Development Research into Practice. (PDF)
  • Fender, J. G., Richert, R. A., Robb, M. B., & Wartella, E. (2010). Parent teaching focus and toddlers’ learning from an infant DVD. Infant and Child Development, 19(6), 613 – 627.  (PDF)
  • Wartella, E., Richert, R. A., & Robb, M. B. (2010). Babies, television and videos: How did we get here? Developmental Review, 30, 116-127.  (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., Robb, M., Fender, J., & Wartella, E. (2010). Word learning from baby videos. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 164(5), 432-437. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.24. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., Shawber, A., Hoffman, R., & Taylor, M. (2009). Learning from fantasy and real characters in preschool and kindergarten. Journal of Cognition and Development, 10(1-2), 1-26. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A. (2009). Invited review of the book Theory of mind: How children understand others’ thoughts and feelings. American Journal of Play. (PDF)
  • Robb, M., Richert, R., & Wartella, E. (2009). Just a talking book? Word learning from watching baby videos. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27(1), 27-45. (PDF)
  • Harris, P. L., & Richert, R. A. (2008). William James, ‘the world of sense’ and trust in testimony. Mind & Language, 23(5), 536-551. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Harris, P. L. (2008). Dualism revisited: Body vs. mind vs. soul. Journal of Cognition & Culture, 8, 99-115. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A. (2006). The ability to distinguish ritual actions in children. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 18, 144-165. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Harris, P. L. (2006). The ghost in my body: Children’s developing concept of the soul. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 6, 409-427. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Barrett, J. L. (2005). Do you see what I see? Young children’s assumptions about God’s perceptual abilities. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 15, 283 – 295. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Lillard, A. S. (2004). Observers’ proficiency at identifying pretense based on behavioral cues. Cognitive Development, 19, 223-240. (PDF)
  • Barrett, J. L., & Richert, R. A. (2003). Anthropomorphism or preparedness? Exploring children’s God concepts. Review of Religious Research, 44, 300-312. (PDF)
  • Barrett, J. L., Newman, R., & Richert, R. A. (2003). When seeing is not believing: Children’s understanding of humans’ and non-humans’ use of background knowledge in interpreting visual displays. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 3, 91-108. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Lillard, A. S. (2002). Children’s understanding of the knowledge prerequisites of drawing and pretending. Developmental Psychology, 38, 1004-1015. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A. (2001). Review of the book Imagining the impossible: Magical, scientific, and religious thinking in children. Journal of Cognition & Culture, 1(1), 101-103.
  • Barrett, J. L., Richert, R. A., & Dreisenga, A. (2001). God’s beliefs vs. mom’s: The development of natural and non-natural agent concepts. Child Development, 71(1), 50-65. (PDF)

Book Chapters

  • Gauvain, M., & Richert, R. (in press). Cognitive development. To appear in Encyclopedia of mental health (2nd ed.).
  • Richert, R. A., & Flynn, R. M. (in press). Social learning from media. To appear in M. S. Eastin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of media violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Richert, R. A., & Granqvist, P. (2013). Religious and spiritual development in childhood. In R. F. Paloutzian & C. L. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality (2nd ed.) (pp. 165-182). New York: Guliford Press. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Smith, E. I. (2010). The role of religious concepts in the evolution of human cognition. In U. Frey (Ed), The nature of God: Evolution and religion (pp. 93-110). Antwerp, Belgium: Tectum. (PDF)
  • Richert, R. A., & Smith, E. (2009). Cognitive foundations in the development of a religious mind. In E. Voland & W. Schievenhövel (Eds.), Biological evolution of religious mind and behavior (pp. 181-193). New York: Springer. (PDF)
  • Wartella, E., & Richert, R. A. (2009). Special audience, special concerns: Children and the media. In A. G. Bus & S. B. Neuman (Eds.), Multimedia and literacy development: Improving achievement for young learners (pp. 15-27). New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Richert, R. A. (2006). Modes of research: Combining cognitive psychology and anthropology through Whitehouse’s modes of religiosity. In D. J. Slone (Ed.), Religion and cognition: A reader (pp. 337-351). London, UK: Equinox Press.
  • Richert, R., & Barrett, J. L. (2005). The child’s god and cognitive development. In E. M. Dowling, & W. G. Scarlett (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (pp. 70 – 72). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Richert, R. A., Whitehouse, H., & Stewart, E. (2005). Memory and analogical thinking in high-arousal rituals. In H. Whitehouse & R. N. McCauley (Eds.), Mind and Religion: Psychological and Cognitive Foundations of Religiosity (pp. 127 – 145). Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press.

Posters & Presentations (Our Most Recent Findings!)

  • Lesage, K. A., Richert, R. A., & Edman, L. R. O. (2017, January). Do you let Jesus take the wheel? Locus of Control and religiosity. Poster presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology Pre-Conference of Religion, San Antonio, TX. (PDF)
  • Stream, C. L., Lesage, K. A., & Richert, R. A. (2016, April). The relationship between pretense and children’s possibility judgments. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA. (PDF)
  • Lesage, K. A., & Richert, R. A. (2016, January). Mission improbable: Children’s possibility judgments of improbable and impossible events across domains. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary. (PDF)
  • Lesage, K. A., Shaman, N. J., Saide, A. R., & Richert, R. A. (2015, October). Developmental differences in children’s views of God and the effects of prayer. Poster presented at the 10th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Columbus, OH. (PDF)
  • Schlesinger, M.A., Flynn, R.M., & Richert, R.A. (2015, October). Young Children’s STEM Interest and Gender Stereotype Awareness. Poster presented at the 10th Biennial Meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Columbus, OH. (PDF)
  • Shaman, N. J., Saide, A. R., Hirawala, I., & Richert, R. A. (2015, March). Sociocultural influences on concepts of God among preschool children. Paper presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA. (PDF)
  • Shaman, N. J., Saide, A. R., Hirawala, I., & Richert, R. A. (2015, March). The effect of parents’ beliefs and religious tradition on children’s understanding of prayer. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA. (PDF)
  • Saide, A.R., Shaman, N.J., Hirawala, I., & Richert, R.A. (2015, March). Mom versus God: Christian and Muslim Children’s Understanding of Psychological, Biological, and Physical Properties. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA. (PDF)
  • Lesage, K. A., Saide, A. R., Shaman, N. J., Hirawala, I., & Richert, R. A. (2015, March). With God all things are more possible: Differences in possibility judgments of children. Poster presented at the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA. (PDF)
  • Schlesinger, M. A., & Richert, R. A. (2015, March). Young children’s STEM interest and relationships with characters. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Schlesinger, M.A., & Richert, R.A. (2014, March). Developmental changes in children’s interests during the preschool years. Poster presented at the 19th Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Human Development, Austin, TX.
  • Schlesinger, M. A., Flynn, R., & Richert, R. A. (2013, October). Young children’s transfer of problem solutions from television characters. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.
  • Shaman, N. J., & Richert, R. A. (July, 2013). Embodied Rituals: Physical performance and supernatural agents. Paper presented at the 121st Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. (PDF)
  • Schlesinger, M. A., & Richert, R. A. (2013, June). The influence of gender and ethnicity in Latino and non-Latino preschoolers’ learning from fantasy characters. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Regional Conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Shaman, N. J., & Richert, R. A. (2013, April). Children’s concepts of religious rituals and the role of social cognition and ritual familiarity. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA. (PDF)
  • Shaman, N. J., & Richert, R. A. (2012, April). The role of social cognition in children’s representations of religious rituals.  Poster presented at the 10th Annual APA Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Baltimore, MD. (PDF)
  • Flynn, R., Staiano, A., & Richert, R. A. (2012, February). Summer gaming improves executive functioning in Latino and African American youth. Poster presented at the SRCD Themed Meeting: Positive Development of Minority Children, Tampa, FL.

Grants

  • The research in this lab is supported by the John Templeton Foundation’s Gods in Minds Initiative and an NSF REESE Grant (Grant # DRL-1252146).
  • Previous research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council’s New Directions in the Study of Prayer Initiative, an NSF REESE Grant (Grant # DRL-1252146), the Templeton Foundation’s Cognition, Religion, and Theology Project, and the National Science Foundation (# 0623821).