Researchers Question Agenda in 'Baby Einstein' Study

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A new analysis says the data in a 2007 paper about videos designed to promote learning in infants were selectively interpreted to conclude that the videos might do harm. An author of the original study says the new paper is pushing an agenda to prove that television and video games aren’t so bad after all.

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A new analysis says the data in a 2007 paper about videos designed to promote learning in infants were selectively interpreted to conclude that the videos might do harm. An author of the original study says the new paper is pushing an agenda to prove that television and video games aren’t so bad after all.

In 2007, George W. Bush praised Baby Einstein in his State of the Union address. The little educational-video company, started by a stay-at-home mom in 1996, had grown to become a multimillion-dollar behemoth, with an estimated one-third of all American babies plopped down in front of its videos. Baby Einstein was riding high.

But later that same year, a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that children between 8 and 16 months who watched those and similar