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ERIC Number: ED306937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Pages: 23
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Sound Effects for Children's Comprehension of Variably-Paced Television Programs.
Calvert, Sandra L.; Scott, M. Catherine
In this study, children's selective attention to, and comprehension of, variably-paced television programs were examined as a function of sound effects. Sixty-four children, equally distributed by sex and by preschool and fourth grades, were randomly assigned to one of four treatment conditions which crossed two levels of sound effects (presence versus absence) with two levels of program pace (high versus low rate of scene change). It was found that sound effects increased children's selective attention to key program actions which, in turn, predicted children's comprehension of targeted story events. Effects were most pronounced in the rapidly-paced television program, particularly for the younger age group. The results suggest that young children's comprehension of rapidly-paced television programs can benefit if attention is guided selectively to significant story actions by sound effects. (18 references) (Author/CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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