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Dumb Shows

by | 24th, March 2006

‘NINE out of ten times we pay no attention to surveys and the results of scientific research carried out to justify grants.

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But the work of Joshua Fogel, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Brooklyn College, at the City University of New York, is worthy of comment.

Fogel has looked at 289 women aged between 70-79 without dementia and noted that the ones who liked talk shows and soap operas best were the ones with the least agile minds.

Fans of soaps and TV confessionals were outperformed by their peers when it came to testing their memory, attention and mental sharpness.

Does this means that daytime TV makes you dumb? Or is it that people less willing to be challenged by, say, news shows are drawn to Neighbours?

Dr. Fogel has stated out this doesn’t mean there’s a direct link between brainless daytime shows and actually being stupid.

Indeed, might it be argued that part of the pull in watching Trisha, Jeremy Kyle and Oprah is knowing that there is someone dumber and less well off than you – a comforting thought for the long-term injured, the institutionalised, journalists and other daytime TV gawpers.

There could be

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