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Recent Courses

Adolescence And The Media
Communication And Behavior
Media And Children

Personal Statement

I am a social psychologist with a specialty in child development. An area of particular interest to me is the relationship between children and media – specifically, how youth interact and engage with the media messages they encounter daily. As the landscape surrounding children steadily transforms with the influx of new media in the home, I have tried to study the impacts of these technologies on developing youth.

Book Chapters

Bryant, J.A. & Akerman, A. (2009). Finding mii: Virtual social identity. In M.R. Solomon & N.T. Wood (Eds.). Virtual social identity and consumer behavior. Advertising and consumer psychology book series. (pp. 212-233). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Refereed Articles

Akerman, A., Bryant, J.A., & Diaz-Wionczek, M. (2011), Educational preschool programming in the US: An ecological and evolutionary story. Journal of Children and Media, 5(2), 204-220.

Bryant, J.A., Akerman, A., & Drell, J. (2010), Diminutive subjects, design strategy, and driving sales: Preschoolers and the Nintendo DS. Game Studies, 10(1)..

Bryant, J.A., Akerman, A., Drell, J. (2010), Wee Wii: Preschoolers and motion-based game play. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 2(2), 1-17..

Fisch, S.M., Akerman, A., Morgenlander, M., McCann Brown, S.K., Fisch, S.R.D., Schwartz, B. B., & Tobin, P. (2008), Coviewing preschool television in the U.S.: Eliciting parent-child interaction via on-screen prompts. Journal of Children and Media, 2(2), 163-173..

Akerman, A., Williams, M.E., & Meunier, J. (2007), Perception versus reality: An exploration of children’s measured body mass in relation to caregivers’ estimates. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(6), 870-881..