Research by Assistant Professor of Psychology Rachel White was cited in the article “Throw On a Cape to Get the Job Done!,” in the March 2018 issue of Parents magazine.
The article details the benefits of children taking on a favorite character to achieve tasks. “Stepping into someone else’s shoes can help you distance yourself from your own frustration and boredom with an activity,” White said. When a child takes on the characteristics of a superhero, he can also pretend that he’s someone who’s more diligent and competent.
White’s research was originally published in Child Development.