Welcome to the CoDeS Lab

We are a research group at 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 attention to technology, and parent-child interaction involving technology (see Research).

We aim to translate our research into practice by informing parents, educators, producers, designers, health professionals, and policy makers on how to design and use technological tools to support young children’s cognitive development.


May 16, 2023

The undergrad researchers from the CoDeS Lab received the Service Learning and Research Award at the Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference [Link]

Dec 02, 2022

Koeun gave an invited talk at the Asian Cultural Engagement Center! [Flyer]

Nov 21, 2022

The child robot theater project was featured on the VT news! [Link]

May 20, 2022

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. The Robot Musical Theater for STEAM team received the Judges Choice Award! [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]

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