Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type




First Advisor

Eliana Colunga


With children media and children’s television viewing constantly increasing, people often ask what children are actually learning from the screen. This study looked at two and a half to three year old children, to see how they form generalizations depending on how they were shown and taught novel objects and labels. The project consisted of two different groups; one group was trained on the novel labels through a computer screen without objects in front of them whereas the other group was taught in a live face-to-face interaction with the objects in front of them. Children were immediately tested and tested about a week later to study the generalizations that were made and to see if they retained both the novel labels and the generalizations.