The main goal of this research is to describe how symbolic representations are acquired and integrated during early childhood and to determine what factors facilitate their use in knowledge acquisition, thus potentially enhancing the efficiency of educational techniques. We investigate whether fiction provides a framework for learning about the world and whether new technology (digital media) can be used optimally to enhance learning in early childhood.

Within this line of work we investigate: 1) the emergence of symbolic understanding in young children; 2) how children use symbols to learn and transfer information to the real world; 3) how parents and children interact with symbolic media; 4) how children understand and reason about fictional stories.

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