Magnet Study: Learning from Touchscreens and Video

As screen media becomes more and more pervasive with the introduction of new technologies in television, computers, and touch screens, these types of media are becoming increasingly present in babies’ lives. The magnet study uses an imitation task with a magnetic puzzle board to examine differences in how babies learn from 2-D video or touchscreen demonstrations and how they learn from live 3-D demonstrations.

Learmonth, A.E., Lui, M., Barr, R., Gerhardstein, P. (2019). Comparison of Imitation From Screens Between Typically Developing Preschoolers and Preschoolers With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 18(2), 108-130.

Moser, A., Olsen, S., Rusnak, S.N., Barr, R., Gerhardstein, P. (2018). How self-generated labelling shapes transfer of learning during early childhood: The role of individual differences. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-16.

Zimmermann, L., Moser, A., Lee, H., Gerhardstein, P., & Barr, R. (2016). The ghost in the touchscreen: Social scaffolds promote learning by toddlers. Child Development, 1-13.

Zack, E., & Barr, R. (2016).The role of interactional quality in learning from touch screens during infancy: Context matters. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-13.

Moser, A., Zimmermann, L., Dickerson, K., Grenell, A., Barr, R., & Gerhardstein, P. (2015). They can interact, but can they learn? Toddlers’ transfer learning from touchscreens and television. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 137, 137-155.

Barr, R., Moser, A., Rusnak, S., Zimmermann, L. Dickerson, K., Lee, H., & Gerhardstein, P. (2016). The impact of memory load and perceptual cues on puzzle learning by 24-month olds. Developmental Psychobiology, 58, 817-828.

Zimmermann, L., Moser, A., Grenell, A., Dickerson, K., Yao, Q., Gerhardstein, P., & Barr, R. (2015). Do semantic contextual cues facilitate transfer learning from video in toddlers? Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-12.

Dickerson, K., Gerhardstein, P., Zack, E. & Barr, R. (2013). Age-related Changes in Learning Across Early Childhood: A New Imitation Task. Developmental Psychobiology.

Zack, E., Gerhardstein, P., Meltzoff, A. N., & Barr, R. (2013). 15-month-olds’ transfer of learning between touch screen and real-world displays: language cues and cognitive loads. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 54, 20-25.

Lauricella A.R., Pempek T.A., Barr R., Calvert S.L. (2010). Contingent computer interactions for young children’s objective retrieval success. The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 362-369.

Zack E., Barr R., Gerhardstein P., Dickerson K., Meltzoff A.N (2009). Infant imitation from television using novel touch screen technology. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27, 13-26.

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