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Imagine that you’re watching your favorite television show while your child is happily playing in the same room. If your son or daughter isn’t paying attention to the screen, can the programming still influence their development? And if they are looking and listening, can young children even understand what’s coming out of the tube?

Do major events in the political realm affect racial attitudes, and if so, who is most susceptible to these effects? Dr. Tatishe Nteta, a 2014 CRF Family Research Scholar, focuses on how culture, political trends, and major life cycle events influence individuals as they mature.