Welcome to the CoDeS Lab

We are a research group at the Virginia Tech. Our goal is to connect cognitive development and digital media technology to explain and support children’s learning.

We have focused on four aspects including (1) examining the impact of media on learning, (2) characterizing individual and contextual differences that moderate or mediate media effects, (3) identifying cognitive mechanisms underlying media-based learning, and (4) connecting computational modeling, data analytics, and digital technology to describe and predict this learning.

To tackle these questions, we employ multiple methods such as experiments, individual difference measures, eye-tracking, and computational and machine learning approaches.

Our current research focuses on children’s curiosity, exploration, and information seeking in the context of digital technology (see Research).

We are grateful for funding from the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS), and the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE).


Sep 2 - Oct 4, 2019

CDS Preconference on Digital Media and Cognitive Development Poster Abstract submission is now open! [Website]

Sep 19 - Nov 15, 2019

Temperament and Technology Sympoisum at the 23rd Occational Temperament Conference at Virginia Tech, Submission is now open! [Website]

Sep 20, 2019

Heather Kirkorian from UW-Madison will give a talk on Families in the Digital Age on Friday, Sep 20 at 9:30am in the Fralin Hall Auditorium [Flyer]

Sep 19, 2019

Heather Kirkorian and her grad students (Seung, Meng) from UW-Madison will visit the CoDeS Lab

Aug 5, 2019

Koeun gave a talk on children and technology at Seoul National University, South Korea

April 19, 2018

Bethany, Katie, & Ashleigh presented a poster at the 2019 Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference [Pic]

Dec 6, 2018

Koeun gave a talk on children’s transfer of learning from interactive media technology at the Center for Humanity, Virginia Tech

Oct 26, 2018

Koeun gave a talk on children’s transfer of learning from interactive mediaa at Hollins University

Oct 15, 2018

Koeun gave a talk children’s transfer of learning from interactive media at the National Institute of Education, Singapore

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