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Author: Evans, Marie K.
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CMCH Synopsis: Children ages 1 through 3 were invited to play with a variety of toys for one hour in a lab. For half of the time, the TV was on in the background, and for half of the time, the TV was off. For the first half hour of the session, children who had the TV on in the background played for shorter amounts of time than children who did not have the TV on in the background. For 1-year-old children only, focused attention was also reduced when TV was on in the background, suggesting that 1-year-olds may be particularly vulnerable to disruptive effects of TV. Having the TV on in the background may disrupt very young children’s play and focused attention. © Center on Media and Child Health
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Year: 2003
Title: The effects of background television on very young children's play with toys
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Pages: 109
Study Design: Experimental Study
Publication Type: Thesis/Dissertation
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Age Group: Childhood (birth-12 yrs), Infancy (2-23 Months), Preschool Age (2-5 yrs)
Keywords: Age Differences
Children
Divided Attention
Education
Infants and Toddlers
Play Behavior
Television
Toys

 

 

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