The Impact of Touch-Screens on Early Child Development:
Is it Really All Bad News?
Professor Karmiloff-Smith opened her presentation by reminding everyone that humans are born at an early stage in their development trajectory and that interaction with social and physical environment can have a significant impact on their neuro-cognitive development. Over time, as a function of responding to environmental stimuli (sound, vision, touch, smell) connections are made between cells in the brain. As the child gets older there is a dynamic process by which some of the connections are strengthened and others, the less used ones, are pruned.