Darian F Stapleton

Darian F Stapleton

Darian F Stapleton

Graduate Research Assistant

Pretend Play, Imagination, Video Games, Creativity, Psychology of the Arts

I am a first year PhD student in the Social Skills, Imagination, and Theater Lab. Previously I got my bachelor's at Washington & Jefferson College with majors in Psychology and Studio Art, and an Art History minor. I also completed a summer internship at the Cognition, Affect, and Temperament Lab at Penn State University. I'm very interested in looking at the various developmental outcomes that are impacted by pretend play and comparing those to outcomes of playing video games. 

Current Research

4:48 Psychosis: Comparing the emotional effects of a performance done in two different acting styles


Courses Taught

Psychology 301 Research Methods Lab


B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College

Recent Presentations

Stapleton, D., Cruz, K., Kanumuru, P., Thompson, B., Goldstein, T.R. (2021, April). The Role of Embodiment and Fantasy Judgments in Learning from Pretend Play. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development.