Big Bird on the Brain

Tools

Story Updated: Jan 7, 2013

..to track neural activity while children watched a Sesame Street video.

27 children between the ages of 4 and 11, plus 20 adults, watched the same 20-minute program featuring segments on numbers, words, and shapes.

The team then created "maps" of the areas of the brain that "lit up" during the video viewing.

Children whose neural maps more closely resembled the neural maps of adults scored higher on standardized IQ tests for math and verbal ability.

While falling short of advocating TV viewing...researchers say the study does show that everyday activities .. like watching educational programming are related to intellectual growth.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the latest breakthroughs from the world of medicine.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 250 Characters Left

WBNG and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Featured Professional

Primary Care

UHS

Making sure you have everything you need to get better and stay healthy. That’s what UHS is all about.

We know you want easy access to healthcare: to doctors, hospitals, and a wide variety of services and programs. That’s why, as the region’s leading healthcare provider, we have 200+ physicians and more than two dozen locations, extending our network of services into your community. So, whether you’re in Binghamton or Norwich, Johnson City or Walton, Endicott or Sherburne, we are working to use technology alongside highly trained and caring providers to make your experience the best it can be. All members of the UHS system work together toward a single goal: to improve our community’s health and meet its healthcare needs. Further, we strive to be a great place to work, a great place to practice medicine, and a great place to receive care
























Making sure you have everything you need to get better and stay healthy. That’s what UHS is all about.