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Mobile Technology in Cross-cultural Child Development Resear

Friday, February 28, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB)
Room: 3000

Mobile Technology in Cross-cultural Child Development Research: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Workshop supported by the Faculty of Social Science

Friday, February 28, 2020
9:00am to 3:30pm
WIRB 3000

Organized by
J Bruce Morton
Department of Psychology

Understanding cultural and geographical determinants of children’s intellectual development is important but also methodologically challenging. Psychological measures are – after all – cultural artifacts that reflect both the psychology of child participants and the psychology of researchers. When deployed in geographically diverse regions of the world by regionally specific research teams, the potential for bias, distortion, and data loss become very real.

Recent technological innovations aim to facilitate international studies of children’s intellectual development while mitigating the potential for measurement bias and data loss. Highly mobile and secure, these technologies can be hosted on mobile devices such as tablets and phones, and return detailed assessments of a variety of cognitive, behavioural, and biometric variables. The potential utility in international studies of children is enormous although there are a number of incumbent risks.

The workshop will bring together the following scholars who are actively engaged in international studies of child development and innovators of mobile measurement technology. The goal is to foster discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls associated with the use of mobile technology in the international study of child development.

Dr. Hyun-joo Song: Yonsei University, Seoul South, Korea
Dr. Kang Lee:  Nuralogix, University of Toronto
Dr. Mark Chignell: Centivizer, University of Toronto
Dr. Karen Patte, COMPASS, Brock University
Dr. Junsheng Liu, East China Normal University
Dr. Tom Streeter: FIMS, Western University

All students and faculty are invited to attend (space is limited and registration is mandatory).  If you would like more information or are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Bea Goffin at  

Department of Psychology
Bea Goffin

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