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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Imagining the Impossible at Christmas Time

Believing (and disbelieving) in Santa Claus may benefit cognitive development

Posted: December 19, 2012
Jacqueline Woolley, Professor of Psychology (Developmental Area)

Jacqueline Woolley, Professor of Psychology (Developmental Area)


It’s the question that often raises the most angst and generates the most heated discussion in expecting parents. No, it’s not what to name the baby, or how to decorate the room, or whether to let the child sleep in the parents’ bed. It’s the hesitantly raised question that many consider years before they are even expecting children, “And what about the Santa thing. Do you think we should, you know, lie to her? What will happen when she finds out?”

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