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Spare the television and improve the child

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:193
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Reducing the amount of time that primary school children spend watching television and playing video games can make them less aggressive towards their peers, a new study has reported.

    Although many studies have correlated exposure to violent media with aggressive behaviour in children, the researchers say that theirs is the first to show that such behaviour can be unlearned by reducing the exposure.

    In the study the researchers, led by Dr Thomas Robinson, assistant professor of paediatrics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, looked at 225 third and fourth grade children (9 and 10 year olds) at two similar public elementary schools in San Jose, California. The schools were selected because they …

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