Screen Time and Cognitive Development
While there is considerable work linking traditional screen media (TV viewing) to developmental outcomes, only limited research has examined the potential links between touchscreen devices (e.g. tablets, smartphones etc.) and cognitive development. Touchscreen technologies provide an intuitive and attractive source of stimulation for toddlers, enabling use when the motor system is still relatively immature. Our research aims to establish how content and context of use may influence children’s cognitive development from infancy to preschool.