We are a research group at the Virginia Tech. Our research focuses on the role of technology in young children’s cognitive development to better understand and support learning in early childhood.
Technological innovations influence our everyday lives, including young children and their families. Our research examines how technology impacts children’s attention and learning, and the extent to which its impact is influenced by family processes and social contexts.
We employ multiple methods such as experiments, individual difference measures, and eye-tracking approaches to guide developmentally appropriate practices for technology integration. Our research covers a diverse set of topics on children and emerging technologies, including children’s active learning from interactive technology, children’s visual attentinon to technology, and parent-child interaction involving technology (see Research).
We aim to translate our research into practice and serves to inform parents, educators, producers, designers, health professionals, and policy makers on how to design and use technological tools to support young children’s cognitive development.
Koeun gave an invited talk (Virtual) on Cognitive development and digital technology at the Department of Psychology at Yonsei University in South Korea.May 2, 2022
Koeun gave an invited talk on Act, Dance, Sing, and Learn with Social Robot (Child-Robot Musical Theater for Informal STEAM Education) at the Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech. [Link]May 2, 2022
Koeun joined the collaborators to present the Robot Musical Theater project at the ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day. [Link]April 30, 2022
Koeun, Jisun, Jordan, Yullie, and Laura joined the collaborators to present the Robot Musical Theater project at the 2022 Ut Prosim Seminar.April 29, 2022
Koeun and Shuqi joined the collaborators to present the Robot Musical Theater project at the ICAT Play Date [Link]April 29, 2022
Julia, Laura, Yullie, Luke, Ursi, and Jordan presented two posters at the Spring 2022 Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research Conference [Link]April 21, 2022
Koeun organized a preconference workshop with Dr. Heather Kirkorian on Digital Media and Cognitive Development at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society and gave a talk on the robot theater project. [Link]April 23, 2022
Shuqi and Koeun presented a poster on Sing, act, and dance with robots (A child-robot musical theater afterschool program for STEAM education) at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. [Link]April 23, 2022
Jisun presented a poster on Q and A on Zoom for preschooler (The impact of on-screen partner’s questions on preschoolers’ word learning and memory of content from shared book reading over video chat) at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. [Link]