Research Wrap-Up: Special Issue of Infant and Child Development

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The new issue of the journal Infant and Child Development explores the hotly debated topic of children's exposure to media, with particular focus on content and context of early media exposure. Here's a sample of the research highlighted in this issue: Mendelson, A.L. et al. (2010). Do verbal interactions with infants during electronic media exposure… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-November 23

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: DeLoache, J.S. et al. (2010). Do babies learn from baby media? Psychol Sci. 21(11), 1570-1574. This study found that children who viewed the DVD did not learn any more words from their month long exposure to it than did a control… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Youth Anti-Smoking Strategies

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According to the latest CDC youth tobacco use, each day in the United States, approximately 3,900 young people between 12 and 17 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 1,000 youth become daily cigarette smokers.                       On November 18, the American Cancer… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Studies on Substance Abuse and Media

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According to NIDA's 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey (High School and Youth Trends), cigarette smoking is at its lowest among students in grades 8, 10, and 12. On the other hand, Marijuana use rates have remained steady  and non-medical use of Vicodin and Oxycodin increased in the past 5 years. To kick off NIDA's National… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-November 2

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Calamaro, C.J. et al. (2010). Shortened sleep duration does not predict obesity in adolescents. Journal Of Sleep Research,19(4), 559-566. The authors found that environmental factors including TV ≥ 2 h per day and depression were significantly associated with obesity; shortened sleep… Read more »