Sesame Street is a long-running American children’s television series. It has been around since the 1960’s, known to help teach the little ones their ABC’s and 123’s. Now University of Rochester researchers have found that Big Bird and his friends may have expanded the kids IQ as well! In the research, children around the ages of 4-11 brain activity were monitored as they watched a clip from Sesame Street.
The research goes on to take MRI scans of the functional part of the children’s brain and were then compared to MRI scans of adults who also watched the Sesame Street clip. The results not only concluded that those children scored higher on math and verbal tests but also that the brain activity in these children resembled that of adults.
In an age of shows that are not particularly beneficial for children, its nice to find one that has been around for so long and can expand the children’s IQ. It’s just to show you that not all television shows are bad. The next time the kids want to watch some tv turn on Sesame Street, it will make them smarter!
–Kim Bui at Burleson Orthodontics