Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2014

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Psychology & Neuroscience

First Advisor

Eliana Colunga

Second Advisor

Richard Olson

Third Advisor

Janet Casagrand


Children today are heavily exposed to screen media and beginning to interact with it at a very young age. However, it has been shown that young children do not learn as well from videos as they do from equivalent in person interactions. This study examines how the addition of a live interaction to screen media affects young children’s word learning. Thirty-six children between the ages of thirty and thirty-six months were taught novel words either through Skype or in person. Children were then tested to see how well they learned the words and how well they retained the information over a week delay period. Results suggest that learning through Skype and in person may not be all that different.

Included in

Psychology Commons