Daniel R. Anderson

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Daniel R. Anderson (born 1944) is an American psychologist and a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Anderson specializes in developmental psychology and was involved in the creation of children's television series including Allegra's Window, Gullah Gullah Island, Bear in the Big Blue House, Blue's Clues, and Dora the Explorer. He has also acted as an advisor to Captain Kangaroo, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, Sesame Street, Fimbles, Go, Diego, Go!, It's a Big Big World, Peep and the Big Wide World and The WotWots.

In 2005, Anderson became part of the Sesame Beginnings Advisory Board, which included other "national child development and media experts".[1] The Workshop has also awarded him a grant to study the "impact of baby videos on parent-child interaction".

Anderson received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1971.


  • Instructional programming for the handicapped student, 1975
  • The impact of children's education: Television's influence on cognitive development
  • Instructional programs for the severely handicapped student: Field test version
  • The impact on children's education : television's influence on cognitive development
  • Fmri in Media Psychology Research: A Special Issue of Media Psychology, with John P. Murray, 30 January 2006
  • Early Childhood Television Viewing and Adolescent Behavior: The Recontact Study (Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development), with Aletha C. Huston, Kelly Schmitt, Deborah Linebarger, John C. Wright, March 2001, ISBN 0-631-22922-1

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  1. ^ "Introducing Sesame Beginnings". Sesame Workshop. 2005. Archived from the original on 2005-12-25.

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