June 2, 2009 Natcher Conference Center, Balcony ANational Institutes of Health
Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, Director of the Media and Language Lab at CalStateLA, and the Associate Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles (UCLA/CSULA). She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA in 1993. One strand of her research focuses on youth and digital media while another focuses on language learning, specifically dual language learning. Since the late 1990s, her work on youth and digital media has examined the informal uses of interactive technologies viewed as cultural tools. Using developmental theory and research she has sought to expand our understanding of young people’s interactions with new forms of digital media. Professor Subrahmanyam has examined a variety of digital media including computer/video games and Internet communication forms such as chat rooms, blogs, as well as the social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, and virtual worlds, such as Second Life. She has published extensively on this topic and is currently working on a book on adolescents and electronic media, on contract with Springer.
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