The long term consequences of regular viewing

  • Fred Emery
  • Merrelyn Emery
Part of the International series on the quality of working life book series (IQWL, volume 4)

Abstract

We suggest that when control of the prefrontal areas is removed by habituation to the TV stimulus the ideo-motor and common integrative areas are left in control, and hence free to act on impulse to sensory data. They are however effectively controlled by the recticular activating system during the viewing period. The reticular activating system, because of its more direct access to other internal data, will wake or throw off the habituated response before the prefrontal lobes and there will be a phase in which the ideo-motor centre is acting without control from the prefrontal areas. We would thus expect that one of the long term consequences of regular television viewing will be an increase in impulsive, and most probably aggressive, response (cf. p. 91, herein and The Private Future and Clockwork Orange). In 9.4. we presented data on the similarity of the effects of sleep deprivation and TV. Given this striking similarity at this level of similar function we suggest that the psychological and behavioural effects of the two may not be so different. Work has been done on impoverished environments where the critical variable is that the animal lives alone, or the child has been institutionalized. In Pawley’s terms, they have both been ‘privatized’. This research confirms, as far as one can generalize, Pawley’s hypothesis of the far reaching and systematic effects of privatization as deprivation. It is of particular importance that impoverished (privatized) environments reduce synaptic contact (Rosenzweig et al.,1972). The greater the interrelations in terms of synaptic contact the richer, the more intelligent, the mental life.

Keywords

Depression Schizophrenia Coherence Norepinephrine Acetylcholine 

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Copyright information

© H. E. Stenfert Kroese b.v., Leiden, the Netherlands 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Emery
    • 1
  • Merrelyn Emery
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Continuing EducationANUCanberraAustralia

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