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Dr.Noyce - LOST in LEXICON (Kid’s Novel)

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Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure That Pits Kids’ Intelligence Against Their Attraction to Pixels. Do video games and electronic devices affect children’s brains? Dr.Noyce, says the research is mounting that pixels both positively and negatively influence kids’ intelligence and creativity. Dr. Noyce shares that the average American 11-14-year-old spends ten hours a week playing video games, for example. Those hours spent in front of the screen may help kids gain sharper perceptual skills and the ability to manipulate 2-D representations into 3-D renderings (in part, that’s the ability to figure out what we’ll see when we turn a corner). But Dr. Noyce isn’t convinced these potential benefits of screen time outweigh the negatives which include sagging grades, developing violent tendencies, and gaining weight. In her new children’s novel, Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers (Tumblehome Press), Dr. Noyce explores the dilemma of two young characters whose world revolves around screens and gadgets. The children, 13-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne, are staying with their eccentric old great aunt, Adelaide, for the summer. It’s an idyllic life except that Aunt Adelaide won’t allow the children to watch television or use computers in the evenings. Outdoors, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy – as long as the nice weather holds out. But when it rains for three days, the children can’t think of anything exciting to do with their time. “Is that what it’s come to?” asks Aunt Adelaide of Ivan and Daphne. “You need a screen to entertain you, and without it, you’re determined to be bored?” Ivan and Daphne admit that, in a fast-moving world, they do need their electronics. Aunt Adelaide,“I thought we could hold it back,” she says. “But here it is, come upon us.No need for libraries, no need for books. No need for invention,” she grouses. Office: 707-585-2302 Cell: 707-975-1155 Rebecca Raibley President Tumblehome Press, Inc 781-771-3409 www.lostinlexicon.com