Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts

Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts

1st Edition - July 5, 2017

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  • Editors: Fran Blumberg, Patricia Brooks
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128094815
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097090

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Cognitive Development in Digital Contexts investigates the impact of screen media on key aspects of children and adolescents’ cognitive development. Highlighting how screen media impact cognitive development, the book addresses a topic often neglected amid societal concerns about pathological media use and vulnerability to media effects, such as aggression, cyber-bullying and Internet addiction. It addresses children and adolescents’ cognitive development involving their interactions with parents, early language development, imaginary play, attention, memory, and executive control, literacy and academic performance.

Key Features

  • Covers the impact of digital from both theoretical and practical perspectives
  • Investigates effects of digital media on attention, memory, language and executive functioning
  • Examines video games, texting, and virtual reality as contexts for learning
  • Explores parent-child interactions around media
  • Considers the development of effective educational media
  • Addresses media literacy and critical thinking about media
  • Considers social policy for increasing access to high quality education media and the Internet
  • Provides guidance for parents on navigating children’s technology usage


Graduate students and researchers in psychology, education, human development, communications, and media studies who study the cognitive development of children

Table of Contents

  • Section 1 - Young Children's Learning from Digital Media
    1. Screen Media and the Youngest Viewers: Implications for Attention and Learning
    Mary L. Courage
    2. Early Digital Literacy: Learning to Watch, Watching to Learn
    Georgene L. Troseth, Gabrielle A. Strouse, Colleen E. Russo Johnson
    3. The Effects of Parent-Child Interaction and Media User on Cognitive Development in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
    Tiffany A. Pempek, Alexis R. Lauricella
    4. Plugging into Word Learning: The Role of Electronic Toys and Digital Media in Language Development
    Rebecca A. Dore, Jennifer M. Zosh, Kathy Kirsh-Pasek, Roberta M. Golinkoff
    5. Parasocial Relationshipos with Media Characters: Imaginary Companions for Young Children's Social and Cognitive Development
    Sanfra L. Calvert

    Section 2 - Children and Adolescents' Cognitive Skills as Enhanced Via Media
    6. Young Minds on Video Games
    Thomas E. Gorman, C. Shawn Green
    7. Playing With Virtual Blocks: Minecraft as a Learning Environment for Practice and Research
    H. Chad Lane, Sherry Yi
    8. The Impact of Digital Media on Executive Planning and Performance in Children, Adolescents, and Emerging Adults
    Alexander W. Fietzer, Stephanie Chin
    9. Immersive Virtual Reality and the Developing Child
    Jakki O. Bailey, Jeremy N. Bailenson
    10. Digital Childhoods and Literacy Development: Is Textspeak a Special Case of an "Efficient Orthography"?
    11. Bridging Theory and Practice: Applying Cognitive and Educational Theory to the Design of Educational Media
    Shalom M. Fisch

    Section 3 - Media Literacy as a Cognitive Skill
    12. Understanding the Technical and Social Complexity of the Internet: A Cognitive Developmental Resource Perspective
    Samantha Bordoff, Zheng Yan
    13. Measuring the Digital and Media Literacy Competencies of Children and Teens
    Renee Hobbs
    14. Risks, Opportunities, and Risky Opportunities: How Children Make Sense of the Online Environment
    Leslie Haddon, Sonia Livingston

    Section 4 - Policy and Practice Recommendations for Facilitating Learning from Media
    15. Children's Learning in a Mobile Media Environment: Policies, Practices, and Possibilities
    Sarah E. Vaala, Amy B. Jordan
    16. How Parents Mediate Children's Media Consumption
    Yalda T. Uhls, Michael B. Robb

Product details

  • No. of pages: 370
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: July 5, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128094815
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097090

About the Editors

Fran Blumberg

•Research concerns the development of children’s attention and problem solving in the context of informal and formal digital learning settings. •Author/editor of the following books: Learning by Playing: Frontiers of Video Gaming in Education (Oxford, 2014), Children and Advertising: New Issues and New Media (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014); When East Meets West: Media Research and Practice in the US and China (Cambridge 2007); The Design of Instruction and Evaluation (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004).

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Education, Fordham University

Patricia Brooks

•Research focuses on adult foreign language learning and uses computer games to study speech perception and production in children with typical and atypical language development. •Author of the following books: Encyclopedia of Languages Development (Sage, 2014) and Language Development (Wiley, 2012).

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Staten Island, The City University of New York

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