This study explored the relation between preschoolers' television exposure and one important indicator of cognitive processing called theory of mind (ToM). A total of 107 preschoolers and their parents provided data on the preschoolers' television exposure (including both intentional viewing and exposure via background television), parent-child discussion of television, and preschoolers' ToM. The results indicated that preschoolers who were exposed to more background television and who had a television in their bedroom performed more poorly on ToM assessments compared with other children. Parent-child discussion of television was positively related to ToM performance, however. These results have implications for how we understand the effects of television on preschoolers.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Journal of Communication|
|State||Published - Dec 2013|