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Our Projects

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The TABLET Project aims to investigate the associations between early touchscreen use in 6-month-old to 3.5-year-old children and a range of cognitive, brain and social developmental outcomes. Families around the UK participated via a series of online questionnaires or by visiting the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (the ‘BabyLab’) when their children were 12 months, 18 months and 3.5 years old.

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Public Engagement


The TABLET Public Engagement project aimed to engage in a dialogue with parents and early-years practitioners about the latest scientific evidence and guidelines, as well as their thoughts, feelings and behaviours around touchscreen use. We ran a series of focus groups, and family activities, including science festivals and a science show.

Exploring scientifically-informed pre-school app creation: a case study in attentional control

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In this ESRC Industrial Challenges studentship we seek to establish how different types of experience with touchscreen media (video viewing, educational games) may interact with content features (i.e. editing techniques, such as pace) to influence the deployment of attention and a child’s ability to learn from the content. In collaboration with a leading UK children’s media platform ‘Hopster’ it is hoped this work will pave the way for scientifically informed app creation.

MOPIGRASFIT (Motion Picture Gram-matical Rating System  For Infants And Toddlers) Project


The aim of the MOPIGRASFIT Project is to assess systematically the role of: (a) cinematic techniques, (b) viewing experience and (c) cognitive development on the comprehension of moving images and, on the basis of the findings, (d) to suggest an "age-appropriateness" rating scheme for infants and toddlers (e.g. 12m+, 24m+) for audiovisual material.

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