2022 CDS Pre-Conference Workshop

Digital Media & Cognitive Development

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Hall of Ideas GJ at Monona Terrace Community and Conference Center

Madison, Wisconsin

Workshop Summary:

Digital media represent an influence in children’s lives that have effects on varying levels of cognition, learning, and social interaction, and which, to an increasing degree, crosscuts socioeconomic strata. This workshop will build on the success of our 2017 CDS workshop on Digital Media & Cognitive Development, which had 47 registrants (19 faculty, 10 postdoc, 18 graduate students) and 2019 CDS workshop on Digital Media & Cognitive Development, which had 44 registrants (19 faculty, 3 postdocs, 22 graduate students). The proposed workshop Digital Media and Cognitive Development comes at a critical time as researchers grapple with the theoretical and practical implications of digital media for cognitive development.

This workshop will convene top scholars in cognitive development broadly and those who study the impact of digital media specifically. Additionally, this workshop will provide infrastructure for mentoring early career scholars who are interested in digital media and cognitive development.

The current research landscape will be weighed in three panels of speakers: Studying Digital Media and Cognitive Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Panel 1), Screen Media and Cognitive Development (Panel 2), and Emerging Technologies and Cognitive Development (Panel 3).

In addition, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to share their own research through poster presentations that are designed to connect junior scholars, emerging scholars, and top researchers in one-on-one discussions. We will also match junior scholars with established researchers for informal mentoring. Poster & mentoring applications open on Monday, March 7 and close on Friday, April 1.

Names and Contact information of the workshop organizers:

Dr. Koeun Choi | Assistant Professor | Human Development and Family Science | Virginia Tech | koeun@vt.edu

Dr. Heather Kirkorian | Laura M. Secord Chair in Early Childhood Development | Associate Professor | Human Development and Family Studies | University of Wisconsin-Madison | kirkorian@wisc.edu


The costs of the pre-conference workshop are offset by grants to Dr. Kirkorian.

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