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Does Our Entertainment Influence Our Behavior?

Does Our Entertainment Influence Our Behavior?  In early July 2010, a five-year-old boy named Andrew Gentile was swimming in a man-made lake near his home. Before his mother realized it, Andrew had gone out too far and was struggling to keep his head above water. His mother tried to reach him, but she panicked in the deep water, unable to help. Suddenly, a neighbor, eight-year-old Reese Ronceray, ran to the water’s edge and dove in. A few long seconds later, Reese surfaced with his arms around Andrew’s shoulders. In a move that made headlines, Reese pulled Andrew safely to shore.  Reese says he knew what to do from a SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon where a similar situation took place. CBS News reported the story, featuring an interview with Andrew and his hero, Reese. Everyone was grateful that the boy was able to mimic the behavior that he learned on a TV show and Andrew’s life was saved.  Nearly two years later, on December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam walked