Wednesday, March 29, 2006

But He's Not Talking About Me...

TV and mental decline

Older women who say talk shows and soap operas are their favourite TV programs tend to score more poorly in tests of memory, attention and other cognitive skills, U.S. researchers report. What's more, the women were at greater risk of showing signs of clinical impairment. It's not possible to tell whether the programs somehow contribute to cognitive decline or whether women in the early stages of decline gravitate toward those shows, said lead researcher Dr. Joshua Fogel of the City University of New York. Preferences for daytime TV could also be a marker of a sedentary, homebound lifestyle, and research suggests that staying physically and socially active can help stave off mental decline. But regardless of the reasons, a preference for talk shows and soaps "is a marker of something suspicious," Dr. Fogel said.

From today's Globe and Mail - Social Studies section


MJ said...

I was going to comment on sommat here but I've forgotten wot.

Jacqueline said...

Hi MJ, welcome to 'Corrie Canuck'! Hope you enjoy the site and all the talk that goes on.

We have loads of fun and hope you too.

Also, why not consider becoming a contributor.

Welcome aboard!

MJ said...

Doh! It's all coming back to me.

John said...

Ah, but Corrie's an vening show. I think the study referred to daytime dramas so I don't think-

-Hey cool! A Coronation Street blog!