Psychology Colloquium: Media Characters as Early Math Teachers: The Age of Intelligent Characters
Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Faculty Affiliate, McCourt School of Public Policy
Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center
Media Characters as Early Math Teachers: The Age of Intelligent Characters
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
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