Diana Divecha, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist, a research affiliate of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and on the advisory board of the Greater Good Science Center. Her blog is developmentalscience.com.
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A new book suggests that parents can raise healthier and happier children by providing a balance of support and freedom.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2016By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.
Articles: How Can We Liberate Parents from Guilt?By Diana Divecha | September 30, 2016
Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.
Articles: Cultivating Self-Awareness in ParentsBy Diana Divecha | June 17, 2016
A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.
Articles: Ten Changes New Parents FaceBy Diana Divecha | May 4, 2016
Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.
Articles: Are Boundaries Overrated?By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016
A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Articles: What Happens to Kids When Parents FightBy Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: What Inequality Does to KidsBy Diana Divecha | December 1, 2015
Robert Putnam's recent book issues a wake-up call for what a nation can and should do for its families.
Articles: How Does Spirituality Grow in Children?By Diana Divecha | August 21, 2015
A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?
Articles: How to Avoid the Empathy TrapBy Robin Stern, Diana Divecha | July 7, 2015
Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."
Articles: Can Wishful Thinking Heal Your Brain?By Diana Divecha | June 2, 2015
A new book explores the frontiers of neuroplasticity, but Diana Divecha says that not all its conclusions are sound.
Articles: The Teenage OpportunityBy Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014
A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Articles: How Your Teen Can Thrive OnlineBy Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014
Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.
Articles: A Journey into the Teenage BrainBy Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
Articles: The Moralist in the CribBy Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013
Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
Do you see happiness as within your control to improve? A new study has linked this belief to empathy.
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