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Media & the Mind

Ages: 3 years to 8 years

Does your family use videochat? Has your child played on a tablet? We are interested in how your child’s brain works when using different types of media. This study, led by Sylvia, takes place at Georgetown University at a time that works for you and your family.  

This study uses functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), which is a non-invasive, silent, brain-imaging technique that shines light onto a child’s head. The reflection gives us an idea as to how the brain is working as children learn from our apps. Children wear a cap that is lightweight and comfortable. The amount of light is less than what your brain would typically receive on a sunny day. Please watch the video to see what a visit to the imaging center looks like! Click here to sign up for this study.