Welcome to the CoDeS Lab

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.


May 20, 2022

Koeun will give an invited talk (Virtual) on Cognitive development and digital technology at the Department of Psychology at Yonsei University in South Korea.

April 21, 2022

Koeun will organize a preconference workshop with Dr. Heather Kirkorian on Digital Media and Cognitive Development at the meeting of the Cognitive Development Society. [Link]

April 23, 2022

Shuqi and Koeun will present 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 will present a poster on Q&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]

April 23, 2022

Koeun and Jisun will give a guest lecture on Children’s learning from digital media technology in early childhood for the School of Techer Education and Leadership at Redford University.

December 17, 2021

Congratulations Taylor, Martha, and Julia on your graduation and wishing you all the best!

December 15, 2021

Congratulations Taylor for receiving the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society Senior Medallion! [Link]

November 26, 2021

Koeun gave give an invited talk (Virtual) on Young children’s digital media use and safety at the meeting of the Korean Association of Human Ecology. [Flyer]

November 13, 2021

Koeun gave an invited talk (Virtual) on Digital media and child development at the meeting of the Korean Society for Developmental Psychology. [Flyer]

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