Heather Kirkorian

Affiliation(s):

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, 2010

Contact Information:

4105 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive608-263-4020

Biography

Heather L. Kirkorian is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Human Development and Family Studies department. She joined the department in 2010. Dr. Kirkorian holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire-Durham (2002) and a M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Broadly, Dr. Kirkorian's research interests are at the intersection of cognitive development and media impact with an emphasis on attentional mechanisms. Her current projects address the extent to which infants and toddlers can learn from video, the development of attention to video, and the impact of television on very young children, particularly as it relates to solitary toy play and parent-child interaction as potential mediators of cognitive development. Recent publications include a review chapter in Blackwell's Handbook of Children, Media, and Development and empirical research articles in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, and Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Research & Creative Endeavors

Broadly, Dr. Kirkorian's research interests are at the intersection of cognitive development and media impact with an emphasis on attentional mechanisms. Her current projects address the extent to which infants and toddlers can learn from video, the development of attention to video, and the impact of television on very young children, particularly as it relates to solitary toy play and parent-child interaction as potential mediators of cognitive development.

Dr. Kirkorian directs the Cognitive Development and Media Learning Lab.

Publications / Exhibitions

  • Kirkorian, H.L., Anderson, D.R., & Keen, R. (2012). Age differences in online processing of video: An eye movement study. Child Development, 83, 497-507.

  • Pempek, T.A., Demers, L.B., Hanson, K., Kirkorian, H.L., & Anderson, D.R. (2011). The impact of baby videos on parent-child interaction. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 32, 10-19.

  • Pempek, T.A., Kirkorian, H.L., Richards, J.E., Anderson, D.R., Lund, A.F., & Stevens, M. (2010). Video comprehensibility and attention in very young children. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1283-1293.

  • Kirkorian, H.L., Pempek, T.A., Murphy, L.A., Schmidt, M.E., & Anderson, D.R. (2009). The impact of background television on parent-child interaction. Child Development, 80, 1350-1359.

  • Kirkorian, H.L., & Anderson, D.R. (2008). Television and learning. In S. Neuman (Ed.), Educating the Other America (pp. 301-318). Paul H. Brookes Publishing: Baltimore, MD.

  • Kirkorian, H.L., & Anderson, D.R. (2008). Learning from educational media. In S.L. Calvert & B.J. Wilson (Eds.) The Blackwell Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (pp. 319-360). Blackwell: Boston, MA.

  • Kirkorian, H.L., Wartella, E., & Anderson, D.R., (2008). Media and young children's learning. Future of Children, 18, 63-86.

  • Schmidt, M.E., Pempek, T.A., Kirkorian, H.L., Frankenfield, A.F., & Anderson, D.R. (2008). The effects of background television on the toy play behavior of very young children. Child Development, 79, 1137-1151.

  • Anderson, D.R., & Kirkorian, H.L. (2006). Attention and Television. In J. Bryant (Ed.) Psychology of Entertainment (pp. 35-54). Laurence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ.

  • Fisch, S.M., Kirkorian, H.L., & Anderson, D.R. (2005) Transfer of learning in informal education: The case of television. In J.P. Mestre (Ed.) Transfer of learning from a modern multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 371-393). Information Age Publishing: Greenwich, CT.

Education

  • Psychology, B.A., University of New Hampshire-Durham
  • Developmental Psychology, M.S., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Developmental Psychology, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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