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Early Development Lab

Early Development Lab We are a developmental research lab in the Vanderbilt Peabody Psychology Department under the direction of Dr. Georgene Troseth. Contact us at [email protected].

Stay tuned for lab info and current studies. If you are interested in becoming a research assistant in our lab, please email [email protected] for more information!

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Do your littles understand that pictures can represent real events?  It's surprisingly challenging for toddlers!  Resear...
10/13/2021
Do young children of the “selfie generation” understand digital photos as representations?

Do your littles understand that pictures can represent real events? It's surprisingly challenging for toddlers! Research from the Early Development Lab with Colleen Russo Johnson and Israel Flores

Many children are constantly photographed on smartphones by their families: They see live video of themselves that freezes into a “selfie” image depicting current reality. Despite this experience, 2-...

Great ideas from our Sister Lab
07/02/2021

Great ideas from our Sister Lab

Good news for families about GOOD screen time WITH extended family, through the pandemic and beyond. Thank you for every...
06/30/2021
Zooming through development: Using video chat to support family connections

Good news for families about GOOD screen time WITH extended family, through the pandemic and beyond. Thank you for everyone who participated! Request the article here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/352722751_Zooming_through_development_Using_video_chat_to_support_family_connections

Video chat may allow young children and grandparents to develop and maintain bonds when they are physically separated because it enables them to share experiences with each other in real time. We use...

Good news about video chatting during the pandemic.  With a team from 5 universities and the LEGO foundation, supported ...
06/09/2021
Video Chats Help Bond Grandparents and Their Young Grandchildren

Good news about video chatting during the pandemic. With a team from 5 universities and the LEGO foundation, supported by AARP.

Video chat helped grandparents overcome social isolation during the pandemic and maintain a vital connection with their young grandchildren.

Parents - do you have a 4-year-old and an iPhone or iPad device? You and your child are invited to take part in our stud...
05/26/2021

Parents - do you have a 4-year-old and an iPhone or iPad device? You and your child are invited to take part in our study where you can help us understand beliefs and motivations surrounding technology and digital media. You will be compensated a $25 gift card for your participation!

The Vanderbilt University Early Development Lab is looking for participants for our latest project, "Including All Voice...
03/31/2021

The Vanderbilt University Early Development Lab is looking for participants for our latest project, "Including All Voices"! This fully virtual project seeks to determine the usability of an eBook being developed at Vanderbilt and gather feedback from parents to direct further development. All eligible families that participate will receive a $25 e-gift card. Interested families are encouraged to email the address below!

Take-away from an important new study: Helping your children too much leads to less persistence in learning tasks.
02/24/2021
A Pre-COVID Education Study With Big Implications for Remote Learning During the Pandemic: When Parents Take Over, Children Give Up Easier

Take-away from an important new study: Helping your children too much leads to less persistence in learning tasks.

* One lace loops to make the trunk. A squirrel runs around the tree, jumps into a hole at the bottom, and comes out the other side. Pull it though and… huzzah! * Teaching a child to tie their shoes isn’t always easy. If you’ve embarked on this painstaking task, watching as little fingers fumbl...

For all those parents with littles home on this snowy Nashville day...
02/15/2021

For all those parents with littles home on this snowy Nashville day...

Spreading the good word about gratitude and family bonding over video chat, former Early Development Lab member and Vand...
11/26/2020
OK Play maker shares tips for the holidays and dealing with pandemic fatigue

Spreading the good word about gratitude and family bonding over video chat, former Early Development Lab member and Vanderbilt PhD grad Colleen Russo Johnson.

Chief Scientist and co-founder of OK Play and maker of the OK Play app, Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson, joined Morning Extra Wednesday to share tips to help us.

The developer, Colleen Russo Johnson, is a product of the Early Development Lab.  Her parent-child play app (based on de...
10/02/2020
How 'Ok Play' App is Combining Real and Digital Play for Kids

The developer, Colleen Russo Johnson, is a product of the Early Development Lab. Her parent-child play app (based on developmental psychology research) has a 5 star rating on Common Sense Media.

Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson, chief scientist and co-founder of The Ok Company, joins 'Cheddar Innovates' to discuss the new social-emotional learning app, 'Ok Play.'

Quote from children's media watchdog and advisor David Kleeman: Hey, friends with young children, absolutely check out t...
09/04/2020
OK Play - Grow together through play, every day

Quote from children's media watchdog and advisor David Kleeman
: Hey, friends with young children, absolutely check out this new app. It's designed to suggest ways to play together, some interactive and on-screen, and many away from the screen. The ideas are simple, short enough to fit your busy days, and aligned with social and emotional needs (e.g., ideas for when your child is angry).
I can't tell you how many parents have asked me if something like this exists - a tool that will recommend new ideas for playing together when your brain is overloaded and you can't face another round of the same game you've played sixty bajillion times. 📷 The wonderful Dr.Colleen Russo Johnson [note: former EDL force of nature/grad student] is the Chief Scientist behind this venture. I've had a chance to test it out ahead of time, and it's lovely in intent, design, interaction and play ideas

Each day you get new activities that are easy to follow and designed to help you grow together. All you have to do is play.

From Vanderbilt News Service, and with thanks to the families who participated!  "Can an enhanced e-book train parents i...
07/02/2020
Enhanced e-book helps close the word gap in children from families of low socio-economic status

From Vanderbilt News Service, and with thanks to the families who participated! "Can an enhanced e-book train parents in reading methods that facilitate parent-child conversations that can ultimately help close the word gap? Peabody Professor Georgene Troseth and her research team investigate the power of a questioning character in a narrated e-book. Here's what they found: https://bit.ly/31BVJdL "

New research from Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development asks whether the use of an enhanced electronic book can train parents in reading methods that facilitate parent-child conversations, which are known to spur preschool vocabulary development and the language processing sk...

Calling all parents and grandparents of babies and preschoolers! Early Development Lab will be participating in this Geo...
07/02/2020

Calling all parents and grandparents of babies and preschoolers! Early Development Lab will be participating in this Georgetown led survey study.

Calling all grandparents! The ELP needs your help. Participate in this 10 minute online research study today!

https://georgetown.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eKzrERdxBvWwvVr

Exciting press release about some of the eBook work we have done!https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2020/06/29/enhanced-e-book-...
06/30/2020
Enhanced e-book helps close the word gap in children from families of low socio-economic status

Exciting press release about some of the eBook work we have done!

https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2020/06/29/enhanced-e-book-helps-close-the-word-gap-in-children-from-families-of-low-socio-economic-status/

New research from Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development asks whether the use of an enhanced electronic book can train parents in reading methods that facilitate parent-child conversations, which are known to spur preschool vocabulary development and the language processing sk...

Anyone with a 3- to 8-year-old who want to play games and contribute to science? Plus they get a gift for participating....
06/08/2020

Anyone with a 3- to 8-year-old who want to play games and contribute to science? Plus they get a gift for participating.
One of our friends and colleagues in Toronto doing superb developmental science.

Would you like to help the science of child development from the comfort of your home? We are a group of scientists at the University of Toronto-OISE studying the development of children's language and reasoning skills. Our studies involve meeting with a U of T scientist through video chat to participate in fun and interactive research.

Sign up today!
http://www.languageandlearninglab.com/for-parents/online-studies/

A great new online resource for teaching children reading, science, and math. Backed by research.
06/01/2020
Haskins Global Literacy Hub - Resource Library

A great new online resource for teaching children reading, science, and math. Backed by research.

Online resources for parents and educators on how to teach LITERACY, SCIENCE and MATHEMATICS.

Balance screen time with real-world time. Talk with children, getting them to express themselves. And be gentle with you...
05/20/2020
Is all that screen time harming children?

Balance screen time with real-world time. Talk with children, getting them to express themselves. And be gentle with yourself, parents.

Too much screen time makes your brain melt out of your ears, or at least that’s what I was told growing up.Luckily, that’s false, but amid

How lots of us at Peabody are engaging with the community nowadays, and sharing what we know from research (I'm in the v...
04/28/2020
Peabody engages, supports and adapts during COVID-19 outbreak

How lots of us at Peabody are engaging with the community nowadays, and sharing what we know from research (I'm in the video, talking about children and media during safer at home--edited to be crazy-fast).

Peabody College has found itself working in overdrive to continue meeting the needs of students while also supporting the many constituencies that make up a complex college offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional education.

This 30-minute informal conversation gives parents and caregivers a chance to ask leading child development experts pres...
04/22/2020
4/24 Virtual Event: At Home with the Child Experts: The Science of Screen Time During COVID-19

This 30-minute informal conversation gives parents and caregivers a chance to ask leading child development experts pressing questions about screen time during the coronavirus pandemic. What does the research say about adapting screen time rules? How can parents use screen time to help their kids maintain friendships and learn? Should parents have a plan for gradually reducing screen time again once at-home directives are lifted? Participants will have the option to submit questions in advance or post them in real time during the event.

Another organization promoting read-alouds for language learning and fun.
03/26/2020
Read Aloud

Another organization promoting read-alouds for language learning and fun.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a non-profit organization that is bringing together partners nationwide to make 15 minutes of daily reading aloud the new parenting standard. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergar...

Common Sense Media comes through with a new list of online activities and events for families!
03/26/2020
Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home

Common Sense Media comes through with a new list of online activities and events for families!

Provide some structure and schedule to your family's day (updated regularly). Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

Helpful ideas for young stay-at-homes and their families. Links and video point to Vanderbilt research done with Gabriel...
03/19/2020
3 smart ways to use screen time while coronavirus keeps kids at home

Helpful ideas for young stay-at-homes and their families. Links and video point to Vanderbilt research done with Gabrielle Strouse Colleen Russo Johnson Kate Duffy O'Doherty Israel Flores Zachary David

There are ways to use tech to help kids learn, explore their interests and get creative.

We in the EDL are 'cousins' to Odd Squad (one of the quality shows on this list) by marriage, through Colleen Russo John...
03/18/2020
11 children's TV shows to get you and your kids through self-quarantine

We in the EDL are 'cousins' to Odd Squad (one of the quality shows on this list) by marriage, through Colleen Russo Johnson

From 'Storybots' to 'Octonauts,' we round up a dozen TV shows that will keep your kids occupied — without making you pull your hair out in the process.

Participate in research with your kids at home! It’s something fun to do while you’re hunkered down and it helps science...
03/17/2020
Online Developmental Experiments Participation Questionnaire

Participate in research with your kids at home! It’s something fun to do while you’re hunkered down and it helps science!

This form to indicates whether you would be interested in being contacted by labs with information about enrollment in online studies. If you have multiple children, please fill out this form anew for each child. By completing this form, you acknowledge that developmental research labs may have acce...

One of our colleagues has put up a google doc list of studies you and your children can participate in online, from home...
03/17/2020
Online Developmental Experiments Participation Questionnaire

One of our colleagues has put up a google doc list of studies you and your children can participate in online, from home!

This form to indicates whether you would be interested in being contacted by labs with information about enrollment in online studies. If you have multiple children, please fill out this form anew for each child. By completing this form, you acknowledge that developmental research labs may have acce...

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