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ERIC Number: ED140962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 12
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Temporal Integration and Inferences About Televised Social Behavior.
Collins, W. Andrew
This paper discusses research on age related aspects of children's processing and comprehension of the narrative content of family oriented television programs. In one study, the temporal integration necessary to make inferences about audiovisually presented information was examined in 254 second, fifth and eighth grade children. Subjects were shown one of four versions of an edited television program, each presenting different processing demands in terms of the number and organization of scenes. Afterwards, memory for explicitly portrayed events and implied information was tested. Results indicated that older children made better use of information conveyed by order than younger children, especially younger boys. In a second study, second grade children were shown one of two family situation comedies; one portraying a working class family and one portraying a middle class family. Results of two memory tests indicated that children who saw the show that portrayed characters and settings similar to their own class background inferred emotional states and relations better than those for whom the show represented higher or lower class settings. Another study indicated that information integration was more difficult when commercials separated an action and its consequences. Further research is suggested. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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