Playing with Barbie dolls could limit how girls view their career choices.

That's according to an experiment conducted by Aurora M. Sherman, an associate professor in the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University.

A group of 37 girls ages 4 to 7 participated in the study, with each of them randomly assigned either a fashion Barbie, a Barbie dressed as a doctor, or a Mrs. Potato Head. After a few minutes, the girls were asked about possible careers.

Sherman reported girls who played with Barbie thought they could do fewer jobs than boys. Those with Mrs. Potato Head thought they could do about the same.

The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Sex Roles.

Best classic toys of all time

POSTED: 11:25 AM MST Feb 06, 2014    UPDATED: 08:29 AM MST Mar 07, 2014 

As Barbie prepares to celebrate her 55th birthday on March 9, take a look back at some of the best classic toys of all time.

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First widely available in 1959, Barbie is set to celebrate her 55th birthday on March 9, Take a look back at some of the best classic toys of all time.