Dr. Daniel R. Anderson
Professor of Psychology
University of Massachusetts



Current research areas

Key Quote

  • "If you look at much more careful studies, with better measures of TV viewing, you find that the picture gets much more complicated. Almost all the studies that have not taken into account content have found no relationship between achievement and TV viewing [With respect to the negative effects of violence in the media], however, at this point, I think researchers in the field believe that the evidence is about as strong as the evidence that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer."

Key Points/Issues

Selected Bibliography

Anderson, D.R. & Evans, M.K. The impact of the Internet on children: Lessons from television. In J. Turow & A. Kavanaugh (Eds.), The Internet and the family: New views on a new world. Cambridge: MIT Press, (in press).

Anderson, D.R. & Evans, M.K. Peril and potential of media for toddlers. Zero to Three, 22(2), 10-16, 2001.

Wright, J.C., Anderson, D.R., Huston, A.C., Collins, P.A., Schmitt, K.L. & Linebarger, D.L. "Early viewing of educational television programs: The short- and long-term effects on schooling." Insights, 2, 5-8, 1999.

Anderson, D.R., Huston, A.C., Wright, J.C. & Collins, P.A. Initial findings on the long term impact of Sesame Street and educational television for children: The Recontact Study. In R. Noll & M. Price (Eds.), A communications cornucopia: Markle Foundation essays on information policy (pp. 279- 296). Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1998.

Anderson, D. R., & Collins, P. A. The influence on children's education: The effects of television on cognitive development. Washington, D.C.: U. S. Department of Education, 1988.

Bryant, J. & Anderson, D. R. (Eds.). Children's understanding of TV: Research on attention and comprehension. New York: Academic Press, 1983.

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