Division of Psychological and Educational Services
Fran Blumberg, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Education
Division of Psychological & Educational Services
Educational Psychology Program
113 West 60th Street, Room 1012B
New York, New York 10023
My research interests concern the development of children's attention and problem solving in the context of informal and formal digital learning settings.
My work has been recognized through funding from the Spencer Foundation and the National Science Foundation, service on advisory board panels, and through publications. I am most proud of my publications with students as featured below. I am a co-editor with Shalom M. Fisch for a 2013 volume New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: Digital Games as a Context for Cognitive Development and Learning
and a co-editor with Mark Blades and Caroline Oates for a 2013 volume of Zeitschrift für Psychologie: Youth and New Media
. A book I am editing, Learning by playing: Frontiers of Video Gaming in Education
(Oxford University Press) will be published March, 2014. Another book I am co-editing with Mark Blades, Caroline Oates, and Barrie Gunter, Children and advertising: New issues and new media
, should appear around the same time (Palgrave-Macmillan).
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Purdue University, IN
M.A. Developmental Psychology, Purdue University, IN
Sample publications with students and recent Graduate School of Education graduates include:
Blumberg, F.C., Altschuler, E.A., Almonte, D.E., & Mileaf, M.M. The impact of recreational video game play on children and adolescents’ cognition. In F.C Blumberg & S.M. Fisch (Eds.), New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development
Blumberg, F.C., Almonte, D.E., Anthony, J.S., & Hashimoto, N. (2013). Serious Games: What are they? What do they do? Why should we play them? In K.Dill (Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology
. (pp. 334 - 351). New York: Oxford University Press.
Blumberg, F.C. & Altschuler, E. (2011). From the playroom to the classroom: Children’s views of video game play and academic learning. Child Development Perspectives
, 2, 99-103.
Clayton, K., Blumberg, F.C., & Auld, D.P. (2010).The relationship between motivation, learning strategies, and choice of environment whether traditional or including an online component. British Journal of Educational Technology
, 41, 349-364.
Peters Bierwirth, K.M & Blumberg, F.C. (2010). Preschoolers’ judgements regarding realistic and cartoon-based moral transgressions. Journal of Children and Media
, 4, 39-58.
Blumberg, F.C. & Ismailer, S.S. (2009). What do children learn from playing video games? In U. Ritterfeld, M. Cody & P. Vorderer (Eds.). Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects
. New York: Routledge, Taylor, and Francis.
Gabrelian, N., Blumberg, F.C., & Hogan, T.M. (2009). The effects of appeal on children’s comprehension and recall of content in educational television programs. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
, 30, 161-168.
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Media
Psychology of Learning