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Title From screen to green: The effect of screen time and setting on pre-adolescent children’s executive function skills.
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Discipline/Department Education-Special Education Joint Doctoral Program w/CSULA
University/Publisher UCLA
Abstract According to Greenfield’s Theory of Social Change and Human Development (2009), ecological changes lead to shifts in human development. With technological resources available to early-adolescent youth, it is expected that “digital-natives” will demonstrate developmental shift patterns relating to cognitive skills of attention. This study further explores the impact of Attention Restoration Theory (ART) upon selective attention in pre-adolescent children. Attention skills of fifth-grade digital natives were assessed using the Test of Everyday Attention for Children in two environmental conditions – natural settings and urban settings. A media survey was administered to assess the effect of digital media frequency use upon attention. Fifth grade students assessed in a natural environment had better attention scores than their peers assessed in an urban classroom setting. In addition, gifted children in natural settings out-performed their gifted peers assessed in urban settings. A shift in attention skills in gifted and non-gifted students due to digital media resources did not occur. Results have implications for classroom settings that enhance attention and culture based behaviors of digital media use. Keywords: digital media, social change, executive functions, attention, nature, urban setting
Subjects/Keywords Educational psychology; Developmental psychology; Attention; Attention Restoration Theory; Digital Media; Executive Functions; Human Development; Theory of Social Change
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Country of Publication us
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Record ID california:qt1537045t
Other Identifiers qt1537045t
Repository california
Date Indexed 2018-02-26

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