Paul Harris

Paul Harris

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education


The early development of cognition, emotion, and imagination, and how young children judge what they are told about the world—especially when the claims are hard to check because they pertain to the past, the future, hidden causal processes, or the existence of extraordinary beings.

in the news

Study: Religious Children Are Less Able to Distinguish Fantasy From Reality

If you expose your child to Moses, Muhammad or Matthew the Apostle, are they at a disadvantage?
— BBC News

What Children Really Think About Magic

Researchers like Paul Harris at Harvard have shown that even the youngest children understand magic in surprisingly sophisticated ways.
— The Wall Street Journal



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