Preschool children can learn as well from video presentations as from live presentations. However, whether the underlying neural mechanism during learning from TV is the same as those from live is unclear. Using near-infrared spectroscopy, we examined whether sensorimotor regions are activated when children learn actions from a live model versus a televised model. The results revealed that the activations in the left sensorimotor regions were stronger when learning from the live model than from the televised model. These results may contribute to our understanding of how to support children’s learning from television.
Research Area: “Decoding and controlling brain information”
Research Theme: “Decoding children’s brain to understand their unique cognitive world”
Author: Yusuke Moriguchi & Kazuo Hiraki
Title: “Neural basis of learning from television in young children”
Trends in Neuroscience and Education, Published online 2nd August 2014
Yusuke Moriguchi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of School Education, Joetsu University of Education
Koji Matsuo, Takafumi Kawaguchi, and Hideaki Inada
Life Innovation Group, Department of Innovation Research, JST