iPads with infant photos and assorted baby items

How do toddlers use tablets?

UI researchers hope their study will influence interactive education apps
A team of University of Iowa researchers studied more than 200 YouTube videos of infants and toddlers using tablets and found that most showed a moderate ability to use the devices.
Blues Clues characters in front of a house.

USA Today UI professor: What's on the screen affects baby and toddler language

The UI College of Education’s Deborah Linebarger says screen media can be a tool for learning for infants and toddlers, if parents pick the right programs. Linebarger presented her most recent study over the weekend at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention.

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Infants learn to look and look to learn

Model explains crucial links among looking, learning, and memory
Researchers at the University of Iowa have explained how infants learn by looking, and the crucial role these activities play in how infants gain knowledge. Their computer model of babies aged 6 weeks to one year shows how infants use looking to create knowledge and to sear that knowledge into memory. The model also explains how infants’ looking and learning changes as they develop. Results appear in the journal “Cognitive Science.”