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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 May;164(5):432-7. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.24. Epub 2010 Mar 1.

Word learning from baby videos.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521, USA. rebekah.richert@ucr.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine whether children between 12 and 25 months of age learn words from an infant-directed DVD designed for that purpose.

DESIGN:

Half of the children received a DVD to watch in their home over the course of 6 weeks.

SETTING:

All participants returned to a laboratory for testing on vocabulary acquisition every 2 weeks.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ninety-six 12- to 24-month-old children.

MAIN EXPOSURE:

Baby videos.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Parent report and observational measures of vocabulary acquisition related to words highlighted in the DVD; parent report of general language development; and parent report of children's media use.

RESULTS:

The age at first viewing of baby DVDs was related to children's general language development. There was no evidence of learning words highlighted in the infant-directed DVD independent of parental intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

Researchers should continue to examine whether infant-directed media are effective in teaching infants and toddlers content and consider the cognitive factors related to whether very young viewers should be expected to learn from a DVD.

PMID:
20194251
DOI:
10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.24
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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