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By: Catherine N. Doubleday & Kristin L. Droege

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 2: Cognitive Developmental Influences on Children's Understanding of Television

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Cognitive Developmental Influences on Children's Understanding of Television
Cognitive developmental influences on children's understanding of television
CatherineN.Doubleday
KristinL.Droege
Introduction

The decade between the 1972 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Television and Social Behavior and its update (Pearl, Bouthilet, & Lazar, 1982) produced much of the initial research on how children's cognitive development modifies or influences their understanding of television. Underlying this empirical effort was a shift away from a focus on studies of televised violence and aggressive behavior to a broader range of possible viewer-television interactions (Rubinstein, 1983). Also contributing to this new perspective were beliefs that children do not understand what's on television in the same way adults do (Dorr, 1980, 1986; Noble, 1975) and that greater theoretical complexity in investigating questions of television's influence on children should ...

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