Effects of digital picture books on mental engagement in young children

Hanae Ikeshita-Yamazoe*, Sumire Kiyono, Takashi Kawai, Miyuki Kimura, Seiji Yoshida


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Reading picture books to young children is regarded as a promising method of fostering their emergent literacy. This study examined the advantages of digital picture books (e-books) and their short-term and immediate effects on young children compared with printed books. We used measures of prefrontal brain activity and heart rate variability as indicators of mental engagement and determined these measures during picture book readings to young children. We found that both biometry measures increased when an e-book was used and when the recorded voice of the reader was not that of the child's mother. These results suggest that (1) e-books do not affect children's physiological responses negatively, (2) e-books read by a voice unfamiliar to the child increase mental engagement, and (3) e-books are promising tools for developing emergent literacy skills in children.

ジャーナルICIC Express Letters
出版ステータスPublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 制御およびシステム工学
  • コンピュータサイエンス一般


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