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Conference on technology and media in children's development

Society for Research in Child Development

CALIFORNIA--The Society for Research in Child Development (SCRD) will hold a Special Topic Meeting, titled "Technology and Media in Children's Development" at the University of California, Irvine, October 27-30, 2016. Over 100 leading developmental scientists from around the globe will present on the role of media and technology in children's development. Topics for discussion include apps and children's learning, videogames and health, digital stress, and technology use to improve the wellbeing of minorities.

Just a few of the selected new research of interest:

  • The Effects of Viewing Alcohol-Related Instagram Content on Emerging Adults' Social Norms and Desire to Consume Alcohol
  • Increases in Mobile Phone use Predicts Increases in Psychopathology Through Changed Sleep
  • Book-Reading in the Age of Apps: Investigating Differences between Traditional and Electronic Books
  • Young Adolescents' Daily Mobile Technology use Predicts Same-day Behavior Problems
  • Snap a Selfie: The Effect of Experience with Live Video on Toddlers' use of Pictorial Media
  • Examining Adolescent Cyber-Based Dating Aggression in Real-Time

The meeting provides one of the first instances that technology developers and developmental experts who specialize in media are coming together for an interdisciplinary exchange. The conference also includes demonstrations of cutting edge new technologies and features invited panels on diversity and inclusion and how industry uses developmental research in their programming. The weekend will conclude with remarks by Dr. Knatokie Ford, Senior Policy Advisor, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Members of the media are also encouraged to attend. Those interested in a press pass should contact Conference attendance is free for qualified press with advanced registration. For a full list of topics and speakers, visit or view the Online Program,


SRCD was established in 1933 by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The Society's goals are to advance interdisciplinary research in child development and to encourage applications of research findings. Its membership of more than 5,700 scientists is representative of the various disciplines and professions that contribute to knowledge of child development. SRCD publishes the premier journal in the field, Child Development.

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