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Children today are exposed to cell phones at a very early age.

"I got my first cell phone at six."

"My first phone I used - I was eight."

"I was seven."

Researchers in Britain want to know what effect all that talking and texting may have on a child's developing brain.

"In particular, cognitive development - so cognitive functioning simply means thinking. How we think, how we decide on things."

The children at Kingsmead school in North London are part of a new three year study that's tracking the cell phone habits of about 3,000 students.

"Students taking part in the study will install an app on their cell phone that measures how long they talk, text and surf the internet."

Researchers will put students through cognitive tests, like game measuring attention and memory.

"We will be capturing how fast the students can respond to the stimulus they are seeing and how accurately they are responding."

Pascal Hassan says he's interested to hear what researchers discover. "You are using something every single day and you need to what it does to you, and how it would affect you."

But researchers won't be able to monitor students' devices while they're in class.

The school already has a strict "no cell phone" policy.
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