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PNB Colloquium - Thalia Goldstein - The Puzzle of Theatre and Pretend Play for Developing Children's Social Skills


Thalia Goldstein
George Mason University

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The Puzzle of Theatre and Pretend Play for Developing Children's Social Skills


Thalia R. Goldstein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Applied Development Psychology at George Mason University and the director of the Social Skills, Imagination and Theatre Lab. She studies how children participate in, understand, and create fictional worlds, and the effects of these activities on empathy, theory of mind, emotion regulation, compassion and altruism. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, The John Templeton Foundation, Arts Connection, the National Science Foundation, American Psychological Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. She has won awards from the Society for Research in Child Development, American Psychological Association, and the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media. She is editor of the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (APA Division 10) and co-director of the Mason Arts Research Center. Dr. Goldstein earned her B.A. from Cornell University in Theatre and Psychology, her Ph.D. from Boston College in Developmental Psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship Yale University. She spent several years as a professional actress and dancer in New York City. 

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