Getting a clear picture: young children's understanding of a televised image
Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2003
Volume 6, Issue 3, pages 247–253, June 2003
How to Cite
Troseth, G. L. (2003), Getting a clear picture: young children's understanding of a televised image. Developmental Science, 6: 247–253. doi: 10.1111/1467-7687.00280
- Issue online: 8 MAY 2003
- Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2003
Previous research has established that very young children, unlike older people, often have difficulty using a televised image as a source of information about a real event. After watching on a live video monitor as an adult in the next room hid a toy, 2-year-olds usually did not find it, but after watching directly through a window, children of this age succeeded. In the first experiment reported here, 2-year-olds could see hiding events directly and on a video monitor at the same time. This video–reality training did not improve performance on subsequent standard trials with video as the only source of information. In a second experiment, an adult demonstrated correct search behavior using video, finding a toy as the child watched on the video monitor. Despite this training and assistance, most of the children did not appear to recognize the connection between a video image and reality.