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What goes on in the brain during a 3D movie?

Michael RichMedia expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, answers your questions about media use. Last week, he discussed if parents are legally responsible when their teens engage in sexting.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I took my sons to see Avatar over vacation, and while I sat there with giant 3D glasses on, I wondered if scientists know anything about whether 3D affects how children process the experience of a movie?
Thrilled by 3D in Wilmington, MA

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This week on Thrive: Feb. 1-5

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, explores the term “Avatard.” A Children’s youth advisor calls for action to ban bullying. Children’s doctors recount time in Haiti to NPR’s All Things Condsidered and WGBH’s Greater Boston. Claire McCarthy, MD, warns parents about the choking game. Children’s doctors are closing in on the likely cause of SIDS. Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, discusses the “R” word the “R” word on ABC World News. The Mediatrician looks into whether TV watching could be related to speech delays.

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You're an Ava – what?

AvatarBy Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, Clinical Genetics Fellow

Some enthusiasts of the popular film by James Cameron are calling themselves “Avatards.” They are not the first to coin the term. The term has existed for a number of years, self-applied by fans of an animé series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. For many people with disabilities, the term bears chilling echoes of another word—the “R word”—that has come to haunt them in recent years.

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