Watching TV Alters Children’s Brain Structure and Lowers IQ

TV viewing lowers verbal IQ and alters brain structure
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From the black-and-white days of I Love Lucy to the blue-ray lasers of today’s Game of Thrones in dazzling 3D, parents have worried that television might harm their child’s brain development.  Now the answer is plain to see.  Brain imaging (MRI) shows anatomical changes inside children’s brains after prolonged TV viewing that would lower verbal IQ.

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Posted in Brain Development, by Douglas Fields, Caregivers, Childhood, Childhood Disorders, Educators, In Society, Learning and Memory, Press, Uncategorized
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Heisenberg Uncertainty and the Baltimore Riots

Yesterday I encountered a colleague outside the elevator.  He was profoundly troubled, as are many, anguished by the violence in Baltimore this week.  The looting, burning, and scores of injured from angry youths hurling bricks at police were sparked by the violent death of a black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody.

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The Kathmandu earthquake will alter brain structure of survivors

The disastrous earthquake in Kathmandu has killed hundreds of people and brought grievous tragedy to thousands.  Even among the survivors, the earthquake will leave its mark in the form of altered brain structure, according to neuroimaging research performed on survivors of the Wenchuan earthquake of 2008.

Wenchuan earthquake altered survivor brain structure

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How Does Daredevil’s Sonar Really Work?

Pop culture is full of superheroes with incredible powers, especially in the summer. But none of these are as amazing as the superpower within your brain.  Continue reading

Posted in About Neuroscience, Animal Research, Awareness and Attention, Brain Basics, Brain Development, by Dwayne Godwin, Educators, Evolution, In Society, Neuroeducation, Senses and Perception, Sensing, Thinking & Behaving
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Snakes on the Brain

After repeated encounters with a friendly rattlesnake last week I have snakes on the brain.  Serpents are a storehouse of fascinating neuroscience.  Infrared vision, venom, fast-twitch muscles to energize its “warning buzzer,” and more… Continue reading

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