In an experiment, Temple et al found that children watching television ate more food and ate for longer periods of time than children not watching television. This reminded me of a similar study done by Blass et al where they found that college students ate more pizza and mac & cheese when they watched TV than when they listened to music.
Other new research on media effects:
- Otto, M.W. et al. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms following media exposure to tragic events: Impact of 9/11 on children at risk for anxiety disorders. J Anxiety Disord.
- Thompson, D.A., & Christakis, D.A. The association of maternal mental distress with television viewing in children under 3 years old. Ambul Pediatr.
- Ybarra, M.L. et al. Internet prevention messages: Targeting the right online behaviors. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.