Research has long shown that children’s behavior can be influenced by what they see in movies, TV, and video games. In light of this, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) considers factors such as violence, sex, foul language, smoking, and drug use when assigning ratings for movies so that More
Scientific American Mind: Hearing a punch line before the setup will predictably spoil a joke. But what of running gags and callbacks? Often a joke is funnier when it is familiar. An article published online in December 2013 in Cognition and Emotion resolves this paradox by applying research on insight. More
The Daily Mail: Children who watch films with a high sexual content tend to lose their virginity earlier and have more partners, a study has found. Not only are they more promiscuous, they are also more likely to engage in risky sex by not using condoms. The six-year study of More
The Washington Times: Can you name the last five movies your teenage son or daughter has watched with friends? How strong was the sexual content in those movies? Does it really matter? New research suggests it does. The study, conducted by Ross O’Hara and soon to be published in the More
Forbes: Parents, you may want to hide the remote from your teens while you read this. Or at least make sure you’ve set the parental controls on your cable box. Kids who watch movies with more sex scenes tend to lose their virginity at a younger age, have more sexual More
The Daily Mail: Hollywood studios should be forced to add condoms to sex scenes to make teenagers have safe sex, a researcher has said. Teenagers often use sex scenes in films as a ‘script’ for their real-life sex – but Hollywood films tend to portray condoms as comical. A researcher More
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