Psychology Colloquium: Media Characters as Early Math Teachers: The Age of Intelligent Characters

Speaker

Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology  
Faculty Affiliate, McCourt School of Public Policy
Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center
Georgetown University

Title

Media Characters as Early Math Teachers: The Age of Intelligent Characters

Abstract

In the 21st century, media characters cross many platforms and take on many physical and virtual forms, from physical toys to onscreen intelligent agents.  Children’s involvement with media characters occurs through parasocial interactions, in which children talk to characters, and parasocial relationships, in which children form one-way emotionally close relationships with characters.  In this talk, Dr. Sandra Calvert examines how young children’s parasocial experiences with transmedia characters, including a prototype of an intelligent character, lead to better learning of math skills. Educational implications are considered.

Friday, March 1 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm


White-Gravenor Hall, 206
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Research

Audience

Students, Faculty/Staff

Departments

Georgetown College, Psychology

Website

https://psychology.georgetown.edu/

Event Contact Name

Psychology Department

Event Contact Email

psychology@georgetown.edu

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