Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- May 11

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Barr, R.,  Shuck, L., Salerno, K., Atkinson, E., & Linebarger, D.L.(2010). Music interferes with learning from television during infancy. Infant and Child Development, 19(3), 313-331 The authors concluded that music soundtrack creates additional cognitive load and disrupts selective infant’s attention to… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-April 9

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Check out these recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Chia, S.C. (2010). How social influence mediates media effects on adolescents’ materialism.Communication Research, Available online April 7. This study proposed a theoretical framework by which it can be identified how media influence and social influence interplay and produce… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- March 5

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Check out these recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:   Anderson, C.A., et al.(2010). Violent video game effects on aggression, empathy, and prosocial behavior in Eastern and Western countries. Psychological Bulletin, 136(2), 151-73. The authors used meta-analytic procedures to test the effects of violent video games on… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-January 22

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Fiorini, M. (2010)The effect of home computer use on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Economics of Education Review, 29(1), 55-72. This study investigates the effect of using a home computer on children’s development. Fischer, P.,  Kastenmüller,… Read more »

Suicide & Social Networking Sites – Prevention vs Encouragement

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Within the past week, there have been two major headlines about social networking  technologies preventing suicides: A UK teen who was describing his suicide plans on Facebook was saved by a Maryland teen who alerted police to the situation.  See story Actress Demi Moore saw a woman post a suicide threat on Twitter and called… Read more »

Don’t Warn Parents about Harmful Effects of Video Game Violence?

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In early January, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) reintroduced a bill in the California Congress that would require all video games rated T (Teen) or higher to include a label that reads “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.” The Entertainment Consumers Association has responded to… Read more »

Discussing Risky Behavior Online is…Well…Risky

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This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine includes two related studies about teens’ online discussion of their own risk behaviors, whether real or invented, in the real world. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute conducted both studies. One study found that most teens do discuss sex, substance use, or violence on social… Read more »

Wii Wand Doesn’t Increase Aggression…but Violent Video Games Do

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After the release of “Manhunt II” for the Wii–in which players use a motion-detecting wand to punch, stab, and dismember other characters–many experts expressed concern over the potential effects of reinforcing such violent movements in video game play. A study soon to be published in Computers and Human Behavior, however, did not find that using… Read more »

More Links Between Violent Media and Aggression

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Over the past 50 years, research has linked violent media exposure to increased aggression in young people. This month’s Pediatrics adds two new studies to the mix: one on Internet violence and one on violent video games. Both recommend reducing or eliminating youth exposure to violent media. One study found a link between being exposed… Read more »