Jennifer Van Reet


Contact Information:


Sowa Hall 0122


Ph.D. - Psychology; University of Virginia

Area(s) of Expertise:

Early cognitive development, pretense and imagination, executive functioning in children

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Selected Publications:

Fast, A. Van Reet, J. (2018) Preschool children transfer real-world moral reasoning into pretense. Cognitive Development.(45),

Van Reet, J. (2016) The development of representations of pretend object substitutions. The Journal of Genetic Psychology.(177),

Van Reet, J. (2015) Conflict inhibitory control facilitates pretense in young preschoolers. Journal of Cognition and Development.(16),

Van Reet, J. Green, K. Sobel, D. (2015) Preschoolers’ theory of mind knowledge influences whom they trust about others’ theories of mind. Journal of Cognition and Development.(16),

Van Reet, J. Pinkham, A. Lillard, A. (2015) The effect of realistic contexts on ontological judgments of novel entities. Cognitive Development.(34),

Van Reet, J. (2014) The relationship between temperament and pretense in young preschoolers. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality.(33),

Sheehan, K. Van Reet, J. Bloom, C. (2012) Measuring preschoolers’ superstitious tendencies. Behavioural Processes.(91), 172-176.

Selected Presentations:

Zhang, L. Van Reet, J. American Educational Research Association. , - "What Constructs “Knowledge”? Detaching Instructional Effects of “Playing” and “Telling” on Learning of Science Concepts" April, 2019

Van Reet, J. Society for Research in Child Development. , - "Understanding Pretend Actions is Correlated with Delay of Gratification in Toddlers" March, 2019

Haines, P. Van Reet, J. Association of American Colleges and Universities. , - "Signature Work, Fostering Integration Across the Curriculum" January, 2018

Van Reet, J. Fahey, M. Cognitive Development Society. , - "Preschoolers Do Not Learn Novel Words in Pretend Play" October, 2017

Lean-Santos, A. Van Reet, J. Society for Research in Child Development. , - "Children’s Understanding of Illegitimate Ownership Transfers" April, 2017