A group of researchers representing Staffordshirskiy University, came to the conclusion that даже15 minutes spent in front of TV, can have a negative impact on the creative abilities of the child — at least in the short term. This, according to the scientists, according to the results of an experiment conducted with the participation of 60 children at the age of about three years and their parents.
Scientists have given each child a special box with holes, filled with various items. The bottom of the box was a staircase. The young participants were free to move objects at his own discretion, or to rearrange them from place to place. The more children are engaged, the higher the researchers evaluated their “creativity” at the start of the experiment.
Subsequently, the children were divided into four groups — one for 15 minutes showed a program with dynamic plot, the other — the transfer of plot smoother, the third offered to read a book, and the fourth gave the puzzle. To find out what effect children have on different types of home away from home, the experts suggested that they Poligrafia tests — for example, I asked them to come up with the maximum number of paths, which can pass from one corner of the room to another. In the same way as in the case of “unusual box” with the results of the specialists trying to get an idea about the “current” creative abilities of the child.
According to scientists, watching TV for 15 minutes had a negative effect on creative thinking of the participants, while books and games, this effect is not had. However, it is necessary to take into account that 60 people — a large enough sample to make any far-reaching conclusions.
Earlier, another group of experts from the University of Arizona, found that traditional educational toys are more effective than email, and another team of researchers managed to prove that coaching memory games have a positive impact on a child’s brain (although, contrary to some theories, these changes affect that is short-term memory, not all cognitive abilities in General).