In a study conducted by Dr. Dimitri Christakis, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, for every hour that babies between 8 to 16 months old were shown such educational series as “Brainy Baby” or “Baby Einstein,” their vocabulary contained six to eight fewer words than other children.
And, according to a study conducted by Dr. Tom Robinson of Stanford University, children ages 3 to 5 had their taste buds tricked by McDonalds’ advertising. The kids were given foods such as carrots, milk and apple juice wrapped in McDonalds’ name-brand wrappers and unmarked wrappers. The unmarked wrapped foods always tasted inferior to the foods branded as McDonalds’ despite the foods being exactly the same. And it worked the other way as well: McDonald’s’ hamburgers, chicken nuggets and French fries tasted better in McDonalds’ wrappers.
The upshot: Keep those kids away from TV shows and TV ads.