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11 Jan 2006

Subliminal messaging and infants
Hi Doctor,
I have trip infants who are 4 months old. When we were at school the craze was to tape your studies and then listen to them while you were sleeping as suposedly your subconcious mind would pick up on things. With infants does the TV have the same effect. What I mean is if my boys are sleeping, and I have for example a violent movie on in the same room, would their subconcious mind pick anything up from this. IF not now, does this ever post a risk for when they are older. Currently my boys are not going to be allowed to watch much TV, but if I am impacting their minds subconciously I would like to know about it.
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01 Jan 0001

Fortunately there is no good eidence whatsoever that any of these "subliminal" methods ever actually work. If it did, then we would all have been brainwashed long ago into buying only one brand of car, milk, cola, and so on.
In fact, even the existence of a "subconscious mind" is far from established !
I do think that the way many parents use the TV as an electric babysitter, is bad for kids --- not merely because much Tv programming is shallow rubbish, but because so long as they are watching it they are not doing anything else more useful, like reading books.
On the other hand, I don't think kids ought to be excluded from TV --- use it wisely, let them see useful programs, and use others which may turn up as opportunites for discussion about unpleasant realities in the world.

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