Dimitri Christakis: Media and Children (2011)

Dimitri Christakis – Media and Children
TEDxRainier. Dec 27, 2011

Dimitri Christakis is a pediatrician, parent, and researcher whose influential findings are helping identify optimal media exposure for children.

Baby Einstein: Baby MacDonald
there were 17 scene changes; about one every three seconds …
and of course, it’s nothing like being on a real farm, right?
Adults watching this find it confabulating because your mind is trying to make a coherent narrative out of this. And there is no coherent narrative, it jumps all over the place!

Innatention_in_later_lifeThe Overstimulation Hypothesis:
Prolonged exposure to rapid image change during critical period of brain development ->
Precondition mind to expect high levels of stimulation ->
Innatention in later life.

13:12 Novel Object Recognition

13:49 Overstimulated mice either don’t remember which object is novel or don’t care. But one way or another, they were not learning, not acting like normal mice.

14:15 Building Blocks Study
Parents got “blocktivities”

promoting interactive play promoted language development

If we change the beginning of the story, we change the whole story.

an illustrative example: League of Legends

When It Comes to Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal?
Dimitri Christakis, MD
September 11, 2015
The way our brain is stimulated matters, especially when we’re young. Our brains are being shaped by that stimulation.
typical passive media
“I did it”: how important it is to their cognitive and social development

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