“This is Your Brain on Video Games”

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In a study released this week, researchers used fMRI technology to view people’s brains while they played violent video games.  The researchers found that these games simultaneously increased activity in the emotional response center and decreased activity in the regions dedicated to self-control. Dr. John Murray, a visiting scholar at CMCH, has also conducted research… Read more »

TV and Bullying

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In a recent study of over 31,000 teens, Kuntsche et al found that television viewing was related to physical and verbal bullying.  While the relationship between television viewing and physical bullying varied across countries, TV’s relationship with verbal bullying remained consistent across all 8 countries in the study.  Previous research has demonstrated a relationship between… Read more »

Video Games Cause “Unintended” Exercise

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Early users of Nintendo’s new Wii game system were surprised by sore muscles after playing hours of sports video games.  The control for the system looks like a typical TV remote-control, but responds to motion, such as swinging a bat or boxing against an opponent.  The system comes with a package of 5 sports games:… Read more »

TVs in Bedrooms – Another Outcome

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In a study of the home environments of over 3,000 children in Germany, von Kries et al "identified only a TV set in the child’s bedroom as an independent risk factor for expressive language impairment."  Previous research has shown that having a television in a child’s room can lead to overweight and to sleep problems. 

Advertising Violent Games on the Subway

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Today, the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood sent a letter to the manager of the Boston MBTA subway system asking them to remove ads for the notoriously violent video game, Grand Theft Auto.  In the press release, a local community leader points out that by displaying these ads, the MBTA is undermining all the work… Read more »

The Truth About Moms and TV

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Last weekend, CNN ran an article called "The Truth About Moms and TV", which reminded me of the Kaiser Family Foundation report from this past May.  Both the article and the report reveal that parents often have a difficult time knowing how much media is too much, believe that educational media always benefits their children,… Read more »

Children and Television: 50 Years of Research

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CMCH authors are well represented in the new book Children and Television: Fifty Years of Research.  Editor Ellen Wartella is a member of the CMCH Advisory Board and editor John Murray was a visiting scientist at CMCH during 2005.  Additionally, CMCH Researchers have written these chapters: David Bickham was second author on the chapter "From… Read more »

CMCH Uses Cutting-Edge Search Technology

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In Saturday’s NY Times there was an article about the future of the web, where the authors predicted that meaning will be added to users’ questions and a search engine’s results.  Here at CMCH, we are already offering this service for our Database of Research!  Our Smart Search option allows parents and researchers to ask… Read more »

MTV’s HIV Prevention – Does It Work?

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Geary et al analyzed MTV viewership data in Brazil and Nepal to learn more about whether viewers learned from MTV’s 2002 HIV prevention campaign.  They found that overall, MTV viewers in these countries are younger, better educated, and more dependent on their parents.  They also found that watching MTV was associated with "positive attitudes toward… Read more »

FCC Rules Foul Language OK – Sometimes

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In the 4 cases examined by the FCC this week, 2 Billboard Awards broadcasts (2002 and 2003) were ruled indecent (resulting in fines), while charges were dismissed for one episode each of NYPD Blue and The Early Show.  Hollywood producers argue that "fleeting" and "unintentional" swearing should not be enough to mark a broadcast indecent,… Read more »