Current Research

At the present time, Dr. Rosen and colleagues and are working on the following research projects:

The Impact of Technology on the Brain
  • Using an fNIR device–which assesses the activity in the all-important prefrontal cortex, the seat of working memory, attention, impulse control, etc.–we are looking at how those college students who use technology all the time and college students who are more “light users” of technology compare on both their ability to solve executive functioning tasks (those requiring the prefrontal cortex) and also how their prefrontal cortex functions during those tasks.
  • We will be using the fNIR device to examine the impact of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a new technique to enhance brain functioning with a very small current applied to the scalp.
  • We are using the fNIR device to examine cognitive flexibility and other cognitive functions.
The Impact of Technology Use, Executive Functioning and Anxiety on University Course Performance
  • A group of 400 students are currently using an app on their phone called Instant that tallies the number of times you unlock your phone and the number of minutes spent with your phone unlocked
  • This measurement will be used as a potential predictor of course performance along with measures of executive functioning, anxiety about missing out on technology use, Internet addiction and a new measure of classroom digital metacognition to predict course performance.
Generational Values
  • Currently there are four or maybe five or six generations of children, teens and adults. The iGeneration — those born after 2000 — and Generation “C” — those born in the new millennium — form the newest generations of techno-savvy, media rich, multitasking children. This study (in process) is examining members of the Baby Boomer generation, Generation X, the Net Generation, iGeneration and Generation C  and comparing their attitudes and values and use of media and technology.
  • A study was run examining the different values and beliefs between generations and will be published as part of the “Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society” (Wiley Blackwell, 2015)
Health and Media Among Children
  • Study 1 examined the impact of media on the physical and emotional health of children, teens and young adults (see publications page for a copy of this study)
  • Study 2 examined the relationship between media and technology usage and signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders (see publications page for a copy of this study)
Sleeping With Technology
  • This study looked at the impact of technology and media use in the last hour before bedtime.
Multitasking in the Classroom and in the Home
  • Study 1 (published) examined the impact of text message interruptions during a university lecture.
  • Study 2 (published) examined the ability of teens and young adults to study amidst potential distractions.
  • Study 3 (currently in progress) examines “everyday” multitasking.
The Future of the Internet
  •  Perceptions of the “Future of the Internet” in 2020 across generations of Americans (a comparison with an identical study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project with technology experts).
Electronic Communication 
  • The sense of “being there” in electronic communications.
Multitasking and English Literacy
  • This study examined the amount and impact of multitasking in children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, we are investigating the impact of multitasking and the use of language shortcuts such as acronyms (LOL) and the removal of apostrophes (dont) on English literacy (expressive and receptive).
Preference for Peer versus Expert Advice on the Internet
  • This study examines whether adults prefer expert advice over peer advice on issues of book purchases, medical information, hotel reservations, technology purchases, etc.
Negative Media Representation of Sexual Predators, Cyberbullying, Internet Addiction and MySpace (2003-2008)
  • This study examines how the media has provided a continued and escalating negative representation of online issues such as sexual predators, cyberbullying, and MySpace.
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