The effect of background television on attention and learning in 3-year-old children

Goulding, Stephanie (2011) The effect of background television on attention and learning in 3-year-old children. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The impact of background television on attention and learning activities (reading a book and assembling a puzzle) was investigated in the present study. In the presence of background television, three-year-olds looked off-task more frequently and for a greater duration than preschoolers who did not experience the background television, indicating that background television distracted the three-year-olds from the tasks. However, the presence of background television did not influence all measures of performance; only one out of the four measures of performance (verbal recall of story detail) suffered in the presence of background television. Additional variance in task performance was explained by executive functioning. Overall, the study gives some insight into the effect of background television on three-year-olds' performance.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9608
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 69-83.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 2011
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Television and children; Attention in children; Task analysis; Toddlers--Psychological testing

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