Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cognitive Development TV And Kids

TV Viewing may harm kids cognitive development-Washington.


Parents please note-

Buying sometimes to do the chores by sticking infants in front of the television may be harming their cognitive development, a study has suggested.


Researchers at University of Washington in Seattle have carried out the study and found infants vocalize less and hear fewer words from nearby adults when the TV is on, which in turn affects their cognitive development.

“There is no question that human voice and human words are what babies need.


The data are not yet conclusive about the fact that television is harmful, but they continue to mount”. Lead researcher Dimitri Christaks told the ‘New Scientist’.


For the study, researchers equipped 329 infants, aged between 2 months 48 months with lightweight recorders that captured every noise they heard in 24 hour period. Then, a computer programme determined whether each sound came from the infant, an adult or the television. All that cognitive stimulation is critical to the underlying architecture that’s developing.

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?