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    The debate on screen time: an empirical case study in infant-directed video

    Smith, Tim J. and Mital, P.K. and Dekker, T.M. (2021) The debate on screen time: an empirical case study in infant-directed video. In: Thomas, Michael S.C. and Mareschal, Denis and Knowland, Victoria (eds.) Taking Development Seriously: A Festschrift for Annette Karmiloff-Smith. Routledge, pp. 258-279. ISBN 9781138334052.

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    This chapter presents data on how infants interact with educational videos, collected using sensitive eye-tracking measures of attention. It describes the ongoing Toddler Attentional Behaviours and Learning with Touchscreens (TABLET) Project, developed by Annette Karmiloff-Smith with Rachael Bedford and Tim J. Smith. The chapter presents some detailed empirical work that illustrates the kinds of methods Annette believed were needed to ground an evidence-based approach to understanding the impact of screen time on infant development. Annette was a great pragmatist who understood the importance of working with parents, media producers, and policy-makers, to find the best ways for infants to benefit from scientific insights into development. She decided to collaborate with Abbey Media to develop infant-directed DVD content designed specifically with infant cognitive research in mind. TABLET is ongoing project aiming to test whether infant exposure to touchscreen devices at 12 months-of-age is associated with long-term developmental differences at 18 and 42 months-of-age in domains including attention, temperament, developmental milestones, language, executive function and sleep.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 17 May 2021 09:34
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:10


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