Ground-Breaking Conference of Nation's Top Scientists to Examine Growing Impact of Digital Media on Children's Developing Minds

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Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development will host a national conference "Digital Media and Developing Minds" co-sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences.

(New York, NY), October 12th -- Leading researchers and scientists from a variety of disciplines will convene from October 14 - 16 at the National Academy of Sciences' Beckman Conference Center to report on the state of current research on understanding digital media's influence on children and adolescents. See full conference agenda here.

This Sackler colloquium will gather scientists, clinicians, and scholars in an interdisciplinary arena to share recent developments across the field of digital media and child development:  “I am enthusiastic about the intellectual interaction and new developments that the conference can generate,” says Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, D.O., President and Founder of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development. Helping to organize the conference are David E. Meyer, Ph. D., cognitive scientist and Director of the Brain, Cognition and Action Laboratory at the University of Michigan, and Jane Brown, Ph. D., professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Journalism and Mass Communication School.

Featured speakers at the conference include Spinoza Prize winner Patti Valkenburg, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Communication at the University of Amsterdam, Sherry Turkle, Ph. D., best-selling author and MIT Professor of Social Studies of Science and Technology, who writes about human relationships with technology, and Michael Rich, M.D. of the Center for Children's Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital who will present the very latest research methodologies for studying mew media.

The conference has also earned the attention of key players in the technology development space, including Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist of Google Inc. in support of this interdisciplinary research convention: See quotes from Dr. Cerf and other experts about the conference here.

Throughout the conference, there will be several ancillary programs, including a roundtable luncheon with industry leaders, and an evening of documentary films featuring lively discussions between notable filmmakers and scientists. On October 16th, the last day of the conference, participants will develop a national research agenda that focuses a scientific and medical lens on the potential effects of children’s digital media immersion. 
For media inquiries or further information please contact the Institute at or at (631) 675 - 6023.

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