Watching SpongeBob Squarepants Makes Preschoolers Slower Thinkers, Study Finds

He may be one of the longest-running, best-loved cartoons in Nickelodeon history, but SpongeBob SquarePants is getting no love from child psychologists. According to research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, watching fast-paced cartoons like SpongeBob, even for just a few minutes, hinders abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control in preschoolers. Led by University of Virginia psychologist Angeline Lillard, researchers randomly assigned 60 four-year-olds to three...Full Story
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