Given the lengths parents go to perpetuate the Santa myth, it would be irrational for children not to believe it. The holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story. This is the time that many children are told about a man who lives forever, resides at the North Pole, knows what every child in the world desires, drives a sleigh pulled... Continue Reading
Jacqueline D. Woolley is chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research addresses children's understanding of reality and how they evaluate new information and make proper assignment of entities to real and not-real categories, especially critical in the media-rich age in which we live. Woolley's research is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.