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College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication

The Ohio State University School of Communication
Amy Nathanson
Amy Nathanson
Associate Professor
(614) 247-7952
(614) 292-2055
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
3142A Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210


B.A., Emory University
M.A., University of Delaware
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Quick Introduction:

Children and the media.


My research focuses on the effects of media on children. My recent and current work explores the relation between television exposure and neuropsychological function (such as executive function and theory of mind) among infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  In addition, I have studied parental mediation of television.  Much of my parental mediation work has focused on how parent-child communication shapes children's responses to television.  

Selected Representative Publications:

Nathanson, A. I., Fries, P. T. (2014).  Television exposure, sleep time, and neuropsychological function among preschoolers.  Media Psychology, 17, 237-261. 

Nathanson, A. I., Alade, F., Sharp, M. L., Rasmussen, E. E., & Christy, K. 
(2014).  The relation between television exposure and executive function
among preschoolers.  Developmental Psychology, 50, 1497-1506. 

Nathanson, A. I., Sharp, M. L., Alade, F., Rasmussen, E. E., & Christy, K.  (2013). The relation between television exposure and theory of mind among preschoolers.  Journal of Communication, 63(6), 1088-1108.

Gentile, D. A., Reimer, R. A., Nathanson, A. I., Walsh, D. A., & Eisenmann, J. C. (2014).  Protective effects of parental monitoring of children's media use: A prospective study.  JAMA Pediatrics, 168, 479-484.

Nathanson, A. I., & Manohar, U. (2012). The Role of Attachment in College Students’ Working Models of Parenting and Expectations for Using Television in Child Rearing.  Family Relations, 61, 441-454.

Gentile, D. A., Nathanson, A. I., Rasmussen, E. E., Reimer, R. A., & Walsh, D. A. (2012).  Do You See What I See?  Comparing Parent and Child Reports of Parental Monitoring of Children's Media.  Family Relations, 61, 470-487.
Nathanson, A. I., & Rasmussen, E. E. (2011). TV-viewing compared to book-reading and toy-playing reduces responsive maternal communication with toddlers and preschoolers.  Human Communication Research, 37, 465-487.

Nathanson, A. I.  (2004). Factual and evaluative approaches to modifying children’s responses to violent television.  Journal of Communication, 54 (2), 321-336.

 Nathanson, A. I., & Botta, R. A. (2003). Shaping the effects of television on adolescents’ body image disturbance: The role of parental mediation.  Communication Research, 30, 304-331.

Nathanson, A. I., & Yang, M. (2003).  The effect of mediation content and form on children’s responses to violent television.  Human Communication Research, 29, 111-134.

Nathanson, A. I.  (2002).  The unintended effects of parental mediation of television on adolescents.  Media Psychology, 4, 207-230.

Nathanson, A. I., Eveland, W. P., Jr., Park, H., & Paul, B.  (2002).  Perceived media influence and efficacy as predictors of caregivers’ protective behaviors.  Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 46, 385-410.

Nathanson, A. I., Wilson, B. J.,  McGee, J., & Sebastian, M.  (2002).  Counteracting the effects of female stereotypes on television via active mediation.  Journal of Communication, 52(4), 922-937.

Nathanson, A. I. (2001).  Mediation of children’s television viewing: Working toward conceptual clarity and common understanding.  In W. B. Gudykunst (Ed.),  Communication Yearbook 25 (pp. 115-151). Mahwah, NJ:   Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Nathanson, A. I.  (2001).  Parent and child perspectives on the presence and meaning of parental television mediation.  Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 45, 201-220.

Nathanson, A. I.  (2001).  Parents versus peers: Exploring the significance of peer mediation of antisocial television.  Communication Research, 28, 251-274.

Nathanson, A. I., & Cantor, J. (2000).  Reducing the aggression-promoting effect of violent cartoons by increasing children’s fictional involvement with the victim: A study of active mediation.  Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 44, 125-142.

Nathanson, A. I.  (1999).  Identifying and explaining the relationship between parental mediation and children’s aggression.  Communication Research, 26, 124-143.