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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Joanne Cantor

Expert on the psychological impact of the media (including digital devices) on the emotions and thoughts of children and adults

Professor emerita, communication arts; director, Center for Communication Research Work: 608-221-0593 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Impact of television, movies, and the Internet on children, with emphasis on media violence and fear
  • How multitasking and interruptions interfere with our productivity and creativity and how we can benefit from technology without drowning in it
  • Impact of constant connectedness to computers, cell phones, television etc. on emotional well-being


  • Author, "Conquer CyberOverload; Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress," December 2009. Also "Mommy, I'm Scared" and "Teddy's TV Troubles"
  • Author of more than 90 scholarly articles
  • Repeated testimony before Congress on children's media issues; frequent appearances on TV; often quoted in newspapers and magazines
  • Fellow, International Communication Association; Distinguished Scholar Award, Broadcast Education Association