Study: SpongeBob Impairs Thinking of Preschoolers

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM EDT

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Study: SpongeBob Impairs Thinking of Preschoolers

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM EDT

A new study by University of Virginia researchers contends that watching SpongeBob SquarePants or other fast-paced cartoons hinders preschoolers' abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control, according to a story on ABCNews.com.

The study, which was published Monday, involved 60 4-year-olds. According to the story, it showed that the children who watched SpongeBob scored significantly worse on four cognitive capability and impulse control tasks than the groups that spent their time watching a slower-paced cartoon or drawing.

Watch video and read the ABCNews.com story HERE.