Original ArticlesIncidental Word Learning Through Multiple Media A Case for SynergyNeuman, Susan B.; Kaefer, Tanya; Pinkham, Ashley Author Information Department of Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt School, New York University, New York (Dr Neuman); Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (Dr Kaefer); and Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, West Texas A&M University, Canyon (Dr Pinkham). Corresponding Author: Susan B. Neuman, EdD, Department of Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt School, New York University, 239 Greene St, New York, NY 10003 ([email protected]). The research reported here was supported, in part, by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant R305A210180 to New York University. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education. Author disclosures can be found at https://links.lww.com/TLD/A99. Topics in Language Disorders: October/December 2022 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - p 290-303 doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000293 Buy Metrics Abstract Young children seem to pick up words quickly, almost effortlessly, through various media in the early years. Studies have shown that storybooks, TV, screen media, and ebooks can all be sources for incidental word learning without formal instruction. Yet, typically, research has investigated learning from a single medium in isolation or in comparison with another. In this article, we describe the potential for synergy—the combined use of multiple media platforms—and how the various symbol systems of these different media may support incidental word learning. We review recent eye-tracking studies that explore the formal features of a medium, its affordances and constraints, and suggest how multiple media might extend word-learning gains beyond those from a single medium alone. The article describes a theoretical mechanism to explain how these benefits might arise for word learning as well as implications for further research. © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.