Just a talking book? Word learning from watching baby videos

Michael B. Robb*, Rebekah A. Richert, Ellen A. Wartella

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This study examined the relationship between viewing an infant DVD and expressive and receptive language outcomes. Children between 12 and 15 months were randomly assigned to view Baby Wordsworth, a DVD highlighting words around the house marketed for children beginning at 12 months of age. Viewings took place in home settings over 6 weeks. After every 2 weeks and five exposures to the DVD, children were assessed on expressive and receptive communication measures. Results indicated there was no increased growth on either outcome for children who had viewed the DVD as compared to children in the control group, even after multiple exposures. After controlling for age, gender, cognitive developmental level, income, and parent education, the most significant predictor of vocabulary comprehension and production scores was the amount of time children were read to.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-45
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Neuroscience


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