Increasing Video Media Changing Kid’s Cognitive Reasoning Abilities

January 29, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – A new study at UCLA has shown that visual media, such as DVDs, television, video games, and computer technology is effecting our children’s abilities to develop critical reasoning skills.

According to the study, children are learning in a new way, as they become more adept at processing visual information. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, it does cause deficiencies in formal education skills, particularly verbal.

The aim behind the research is to emphasize the importance of various educational methods, in order to add new learning skill to those that have formerly been used, rather then leaning towards one or the other.

“Every medium has its strengths and weaknesses; every medium develops some cognitive skills at the expense of others,” Patricia Greenfield, who penned the study, said in an official statement.

“However, the preceding makes it clear that no one medium can do everything.”

The study was published in Science.


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