Report Roundup

Toddler Learning

"Do Babies Learn From Baby Media?"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A new study suggests that some of the educational claims of infant-learning videos and DVDs may be exaggerated.

Judy S. DeLoache, a researcher at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, recruited 96 families with children between the ages of 12 and 18 months for her study. Some of the children watched an unidentified, best-selling educational DVD—either alone or with parents—several times a week. The rest saw no DVD programs but were taught the same words featured in the commercial programs through everyday interactions with parents.

After a month, the researchers found that the DVD-watching toddlers learned little, regardless of whether they watched the video segments alone or with their parents. They knew no more words than children who had never seen the programs.

The study was published in the September issue of Psychological Science.

Vol. 30, Issue 11, Page 5

Published in Print: November 10, 2010, as Toddler Learning
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories