Building Meaningful Parasocial Relationships Between Toddlers and Media Characters to Teach Early Mathematical Skills

  title={Building Meaningful Parasocial Relationships Between Toddlers and Media Characters to Teach Early Mathematical Skills},
  author={Alice Ann Howard Gola and Melissa N. Richards and Alexis R. Lauricella and Sandra L. Calvert},
  journal={Media Psychology},
  pages={390 - 411}
Very young children have difficulty transferring what they view onscreen to their offscreen worlds. This study examined whether familiarizing toddlers with a character would improve toddlers' performance on a subsequent seriation task. Toddlers were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) a familiarized character condition where toddlers viewed character-based videos and engaged in character-based play over a 3-month period before viewing the seriation video demonstration; (2) an… Expand
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