Linda A. Jackson

Michigan State University

308 Psychology Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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The current research focuses on the relationship between information technology (IT) use and children's cognitive development. Specifically, I am interested in the effects of Internet use, videogame playing and cell phone use, each a multidimensional construct, on children's academic performance, standardized test scores in reading, mathematics and visual-spatial skills, morality and creativity. Findings from my two NSF-funded projects has revealed relationships which, in general, encourage the use of IT and underscore the negative consequences of a digital divide. Research is underway and planned to refine the nature of the relationships between IT use and child outcomes.

Jackson, L.A., Alexander von Eye, Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Edward A. Witt, & Yong Zhao. 2009. "Videogame playing, cell phone use and academic performance: Some good news." Proceedings of the International Association for the Development of Information Systems: IADIS International Conference e-Society 2009, Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28. Outstanding Paper Award.
Jackson, L. A. 2008. "Adolescents and the Internet." In The Changing Portrayal of American Youth in Popular Media, eds. D. Romer and P. Jamieson. Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, New York: Oxford University Press, p. 377-410.
Jackson, L. A., Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Alexander von eye, Yong Zhao and Edward A. Witt. 2009. "The digital divides in the U.S.: Access, broadband, and nature of Internet use." In Handbook of research on overcoming digital divides: Constructing an equitable and competitive information society, eds. E. Ferro, Y. K. Dwivedi, J. R. Gil-Garcia & M. D. Williams. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (Copyright Year: 2010).

Substantive Focus:
Science and Technology Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation