Frequently using several types of media simultaneously (media multitasking) is negatively related to behavioral aspects of executive function in everyday life. A new CcaM study shows that teenagers who often engage in media multitasking have more problems staying focused, inhibiting inappropriate behavior, and switching effectively between tasks.
Children who watch a lot of commercials attach more value to money and things. This does not, however, decrease their happiness. Unhappy children do become more materialistic, but only if they watch a lot of commercials. These are the conclusions of doctoral researcher Sanne Opree, who will be defending her PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) on Thursday, 6 March.
Karin Fikkers, a PhD student at CcaM, is currently a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. On February 25, she gave a presentation at APPC about her research on the effects of media violence on aggressive behavior as well as her experiences as a doctoral student in the Netherlands.
The lifelong debate of nature versus nurture continues—this time in what your children watch. A new CcaM study published in the Journal of Communication found that a specific variation of the serotonin-transporter gene was linked to children who engaged in increased viewing of violent TV and playing of violent video games.
CcaM faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students are presenting new research at the 2014 Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap (24 hours of Communication Sciences) in Wageningen, NL on February 3 and 4.
A new CcaM study shows that children who have a better understanding of stories learn more from educational television programs like Dora the Explorer.
Dr. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski has been named the new director of CcaM. Professor Patti Valkenburg will continue to be an active member of CcaM in her role as Founding Director.
Teenage boys are not from Mars
For many teens, intimacy is just as important as passion and physical attraction in romantic relationships. Commitment also plays a crucial role. And teen boys are not from Mars. These are the conclusions of the newest CcaM study that is set to be published this week in The International Journal of Behavioral Development.
For teens growing up in aggressive families, playing violent games and watching violent TV increases their aggressive behavior. A new CcaM study shows that the impact of media violence on aggression is partly a consequence of teens’ direct environment.