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.

related:
an illustrative example: League of Legends

When It Comes to Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal?
Dimitri Christakis, MD
September 11, 2015
http://www.npr.org/2015/09/11/439192407/when-it-comes-to-kids-is-all-screen-time-equal
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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