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Research interests are in the area of cognitive, developmental and cyber psychology, particularly on the impact of screen use on early child development. Additional interests are in teaching and learning practices and development for online students.
May 2015 - August 2015
- Research Assistant
- Working in the area of Neuropsychology with the main duties of data collection and input on a project interested in stroke patients' gait.
Screen time has long been of interest to psychologists, parents, and those working with young children. However, what “screen time” is has changed since the introduction of touchscreen devices over the last decade. Therefore, it is important to differentiate between screen time and the type of activity (e.g., television, video games, educational ga...
With screen use becoming more prevalent at a younger age, it is important to research the possible impact screen use has on early cognitive development. The current study examines the screen use of 9001 5-year-olds and their reasoning abilities, using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study. Results show that both the amount of daily screen time,...
Family and home environment factors have been outlined in previous literature as important variables that affect early reasoning development. However, little research has focused on the association between screen use in the home environment and nonverbal reasoning ability. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to examine the role of both screen...
Play - Impact of COVID19 Restrictions on Young Children's Play, Learning and Development: Key Findings from the Play and Learning in the Early Years (PLEY) Survey - Play Infographic
Much of the research on screen time to date has focused on TV watching and the amount of time spent on screens. However, due to the high level of variation in current screen activities in relation to features, parental scaffolding opportunities, portability, and interactivity (e.g., tv, smartphones, tablets) it is no longer possible to consider the...
Play in the home environment is important for cognitive and socio-emotional development in early childhood. Children’s home environments are made up of multiple play activities (e.g., toys, books, screen time, outdoor play) and are influenced by multiple factors (e.g., availability of resources, parenting behaviours, parental attitudes to play, soc...
Worldwide, millions of children have missed out on early childhood education and care (ECEC) due to the closure of their settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, little is known about the socio-emotional impact of these closures on young children. This paper draws upon a study of 506 parents of children aged 1–10 years in Ireland who complet...
The aim of the current study was to investigate how children in Ireland adapted to the change in schooling, and particularly their use of screen devices to support their learning at home, during a period of lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis in early 2020. This research draws on data from 506 parents of children aged 1–10 years in Ireland who comp...
Many children’s lives have changed dramatically in recent months due to the COVID-19 crisis. An online survey of parents of children aged 0-10 years was used to explore how these changes have affected children’s play, learning and development. The survey measured play activities at home, the factors that influence it and the impact of some of the r...