Children’s use of video as a source of socially-relevant information

Principal Investigator: Georgene Troseth, Ph.D.


What role do videos and pictures play in your child’s learning?

From the time that televisions were first brought into homes, infants and very young children have been exposed to video in the form of TV shows watched by their older siblings and parents. In recent years, programs such as Teletubbies and Blues Clues have been created to entertain and educate viewers who are still in diapers, but relatively little research has been done with the youngest viewers (under age 3). Because video has the potential to be a useful source of information for very young children, exploring how to facilitate the use of the medium would be a worthwhile endeavor.

Prior research indicates that toddlers have substantial difficulty applying information from video and pictures to real situations. This project examines one important factor that may affect children's use of video-presented information: whether the information is socially-relevant. Additionally, this project will explore children's use of information presented in photographs displayed in frames and on an iPhone.

Who: Children 23.5-25.5 months and parent/guardian

What: You and your child will visit Vanderbilt once for an hour-long session. Your child will play a hide and seek game with a toy using clues from video or pictures.

At the end of the visit, your child will receive a small prize for participating. Parking is provided.

Participant Criteria

Children who are between 23.5-25.5 months old and their parent or guardian. Your child should have no major health issues or hearing loss from after birth. Additionally, English is the primary language your child should be learning to participate in this study.


At the end of the visit, your child will take home a small prize of his or her choice. Parking is provided.

Visit Requirements

One 1-hour session


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Contact Information

Early Development Lab

Last Updated: Monday, April 18, 2016

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