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Email: jvanreet@providence.edu

Phone: 401-865-1824

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Jennifer Van Reet

Associate Professor
Assistant Department Chair 

Degrees

Ph.D., Psychology (specialization: developmental), University of Virginia

B.A., Psychology and Plan II, University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

Research Methods and Statistical Analysis I & II (PSY 201-202)

Child Psychology (PSY 312)

Psychology of Adolescence (PSY 313)

Research in Psychology (PSY 395)

Experimental Child Psychology (PSY 406)

Advanced Cognitive Development (PSY 488)

Independent Study (PSY 490)

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in how people mentally represent entities and events that are not real and how this ability develops over the course of childhood and into adulthood. I am currently investigating the role of inhibitory control in the ability to pretend and understand pretend actions. I am also interested in how people make decisions about what is real or trustworthy.

Selected Publications

Van Reet, J., Green, K., & Sobel, D. M. (in press). Preschoolers’ theory of mind knowledge  influences whom they trust about others’ theories of mind. Journal of Cognition and  Development.
 
Van Reet, J., Pinkham, A. M., and Lillard, A. S. (in press). The effect of realistic contexts on  ontological judgments of novel entities. Cognitive Development.
 
Van Reet, J. (in press). Conflict inhibitory control facilitates pretense in young preschoolers.  Journal of Cognition and Development.
 
Van Reet, J. (2013-2014). The relationship between temperament and pretense in young  preschoolers. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 33(4).
 

Sheehan, K. J., Van Reet, J., & Bloom, C. (2012). Measuring preschoolers’ superstitious  tendencies. Behavioral Processes.

Van Reet, J. (2012). Learning in play: Procedural versus declarative knowledge. In Pinkham,  A. M., Kaefer, T., & Neuman, S. (Eds.), Knowledge Development in Early Childhood. New  York, NY: Guilford Publications.

Woodard, C.R., & Van Reet, J. (2011). Object identification and imagination: An alternative to  the meta-representational explanation of autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental  Disorders, 41(2), 213-226.

Van Reet, J., Pinkham, A. M., & Lillard, A. S. (2007). The development of the counterfactual  imagination. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30(5), 468.
 
Woolley, J. D. & Van Reet, J. (2006). Effects of context on judgments concerning the reality status of novel entities. Child Development, 77, 1778-1793. 

Selected Presentations 

Fast, A., & Van Reet, J. (2013, October). The Status of Moral Reasoning in Children’s  Understanding of the Pretense-Reality Distinction. Poster accepted for presentation at the  biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.
 
Wezdenko, A. & Van Reet, J. (2013, October). The Effect of Inhibitory Control on Preschoolers’  Prosocial Behavior. Poster accepted for presentation at the biennial meeting of the  Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.
 
Lavigne, C., Taylor, C., Van Reet, J., Male, A., & McNulty, K. (2013, April). Measuring the Role of  Inhibition in the Representation of Pretend Object Substitutions. Poster presented at the  biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
 
Van Reet, J. (2013, April). Conflict inhibitory control facilitates pretense in young preschoolers.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child  Development, Seattle, WA.
 
Van Reet, J., & Sobel, D. M. (2013, April). Children’s understanding of pretense affects from  whom they learn. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in  Child Development, Seattle, WA.
Van Reet, J., McInnis, C., & Fast, A. (2012, May). Measuring the Representation of Pretend Object Substitutions. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL. 
 
Van Reet, J., & Bogueszewski, K. (2011, October). Specifying the relationship between pretense  and inhibitory control in preschoolers. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the  Cognitive Development Society, Philadelphia, PA.
 
Sheehan, K., & Van Reet, J. (2011, May). Children’s superstitious tendencies: Three to 5 year- old’s illusory associations on a touch-screen task. Poster presented at the meeting of the  American Psychological Society, Washington D.C.
 
Van Reet, J., Pinkham, A. M., & Lillard, A. S. (2011, April). Less is sometimes more: Reasoning  about ontological status in middle childhood. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of  the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
 
Van Reet, J. (2011, March). The role of inhibitory control in young children’s contrary-to-fact  reasoning. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, MA.
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