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Infant Reading Programs Are Ineffective, According To New York University

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A study at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU has found that reading programs and flash cards may not be as effective as young parents hoped.

The study suggests that shelling out cash on various books, tools or programs with the intention of giving a young infant cognitive skills boost may be more beneficial to a parent's ego than to the child's own development.

The study appears in Journal of Educational Psychology, and studied 117 infants.

Over the course of seven months, the study showed that there was no difference between infants who were exposed to learning tools at an early age against those who were extensively "taught" during their infancy.

Researchers examined infants' capacity to recognize names, sounds, vocab words, comprehension, and even used state-of-the art technology to track infant eye movements and monitor attention distribution.

The only difference between the infants who received learning aids compared to those who didn't was that parents of infants who used a learning program believed that their child was learning more, despite being presented with evidence to the counter.

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