November 15, 2019: "Watching a video together creates social closeness between children and adults."

In our lab meeting this week we read Wolf and Tomasello's (2020) study, which looked at the influence of watching a film next to a new adult (who sometimes read a book and couldn't see the film) on 2.5-year-old's willingness to approach that adult holding out a toy. The researchers conclude that both minimally interactive and noninteractive shared experiences lead children to feel more comfortable with a new adult.


Wolf, W. & Tomasello, M. (2020). Watching a video together creates social closeness between children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 189, 1-12.





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