Infant Videos Not the Brain Steroids Some Hoped
Actually, I had never before heard of these infant videos since my only offspring is a grown woman already, but a study has shown that the vids “Brainy Baby” and “Baby Einstein,” designed to teach English language skills to the very young, actually retard the kids’ learning process.
Each hour of watching these videos (in the study) reduced the number of words the 8- to 16-month-old children learned by six to eight over their non-video-trained peers.
Could it be possible if a kid watched enough of these videos that s/he would achieve “word deficit”–be unable to speak because they’ve unlearned every word and gone into a hole?
Just kidding on that, but I’m always suspicious of studies. I remember in the 1970s studies confirmed the onset of the second ice age, and guess what? Now studies confirm we’re facing global warming (even though temperatures still aren’t as high as they were in the Middle Ages).
It’s been my experience that studies usually reach the conclusion that will lead to the study group’s earning more cash to keep studying. You know–why put yourself out of business?
Read “Baby Einstein” for the details.