Watching just a short bit of the wildly popular kids TV show"SpongeBob SquarePants" has been known to give many parents headaches. Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers' brain power.
Television's negative effect on executive function over the long term has been established, the researchers wrote Monday in the journal Pediatrics, but less is known about its immediate effects.
Keep in mind that the study was small and inconclusive due to small sample, and the show was designed for 4 to 10 year olds not children under 4, according to the shows producers.
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First studied 9-12-2011