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David

Tompkins

M.A.
Human Development
Office

Beebe Hall

Biography

I'm a first year Masters student in Human Development working in Dr. Casasola's lab.

After graduating undergrad, I spent about two and a half years at the Hasbro toy company on one of the preschool toy brands. It was a thrilling, fascinating look into the world of toys and childhood - but what I found most fascinating of all was the way that touchscreens were finding their way into the lives of the very young. Early childhood certainly seems to be changing rapidly as toddlers figure out how to touch, tap, and swipe their way into digital media. 

I'm interested in studying whether this change is substantive (or just aesthetic), whether it matters (for better or worse), and what it means (why is it just so dang captivating?).

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