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PLENARY SESSION SPEAKERS

15th OF DECEMBER 2010, QUAI BRANLY MUSEUM, PARIS

Patricia GREENFIELD

Curriculum vitae

Patricia Greenfield received her Ph. D. from Harvard University and is currently Professor of Psychology at UCLA, where she is a member of the developmental psychology group.

Her central theoretical and research interest is in therelationship between culture and human development.

She is a past recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Behavioral Science Research, and has received teaching awards from UCLA and the American Psychological Association.

Her books include Mind and Media: The Effects of Television, Video Games, and Computers (Harvard, 1984), which has been translated into nine languages. In the 90s she coedited (with R.R. Cocking) Interacting with Video (Elsevier, 1996) and Cross-Cultural Roots of Minority Child Development (Erlbaum, 1994).

She has done field research on child development and socialization in Chiapas, Mexico since 1969.

She also heads the UCLA Children's Digital Media Center, which researches chatroom culture and other internet issues.

A current project in Los Angeles investigates how cultural values influence relationships on multiethnic high school sports teams.

She is also engaged in a cross-cultural teacher-training project called "Bridging Cultures." She was Director for the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development in '00-'02 and '05-'07.

Publications

BOOKS

  • Yan, Z. & Greenfield, P. M. (Eds.) (2006), Children, adolescents, and the Internet: A new field of inquiry in developmental psychology. Special section of Developmental Psychology, 42.
  • Subrahmanyam, K. & Greenfield, P. M. (Eds.) (2008). Social networking on the Internet: Developmental implications. Special issue of Journal of Applied Developmental psychology, 29 (6).
  • Subrahmanyam, K. & Greenfield, P. M.  (2009). Designing serious games for children and adolescents: What developmental psychology can teach us.

 

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS AND OTHER PERIODICALS:

  • Greenfield, P. M. (2009). Social change and human development: A theory for the data. ISSBD Bulletin, No. 1, Serial No. 5, 20-23.
  •  Greenfield, P. M., Maynard, A. E., & Marti, F. A. (2009). Implications of commerce and urbanization for the learning environments of everyday life: A Zinacantec Maya family across time and space. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 40, 935-952.

Summary of lecture

Technological development is part of a worldwide sociodemographic movement that also includes increasing urbanization, commercialization, formal education, and intergroup interaction. In this lecture, I will discuss the role of communication technologies  – television, video games, social networking sites, cell phones, YouTube, and the Internet more generally – that have become central to the informal learning environments of young people. The focus will be on the implications of this media-rich environment for cultural values, learning environments, and the development of children, youth, and families.