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STUDY: Learning From Cartoons Affects Children's Reasoning

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A new study from researchers at Toronto University's Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development says learning from their favorite cartoons could do more harm than good. 

Physchologists say children should be reading books about the natural world instead of watching cartoon animals which dress and talk like humans. Researchers believe the cartoons lead to less factual learning for children aged 5 and under. 

After testing children aged 3-5, researchers say those who "learned" from talking cartoons/characters were more likely to believe real animals could talk compared to children who learned from fact-based books which showed animals in reality. 

Professor Patricia Ganea's report in "Frontiers in Psychology" also says it affects older children as well and adds cartoons can interfere with conceptual reasoning about animals. What do you think? Weigh in on our Facebook Page and join the debate. 

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