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Unformatted text preview: at they see and hear, how young children think helps explain why
they are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of viewing violence in the media and to
negative messages about race.
Young children tend to focus on the dramatic and concrete aspects of whatever they see; they do
not look beneath the surface at motivations, intentions, and abstract ideas (Piaget, 1965). In
addition, children do not make logical causal connections between events and tend to focus on
one idea at a time-as if they were viewing a series of single slides rather than a movie with
connected actions. Because of this, when young children see violence, it is the most vivid action,
the biggest weapons, and the blood that captures their attention and has an impact on them.
They focus on the most graphic, concrete aspects of what they see and do not understand the
violence in a context. They do not think about what sequence of events might have led to what
happened or what caused the violence or the consequences of the violence for the perpetrators
or victims (Carlsson-Paige & Levin, 1990).
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