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Video Games Can Enhance Certain Cognitive Skills

Video Games Can Enhance Certain Cognitive Skills | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Playing video games for an hour a day can improve performance on cognitive tasks that use similar mental processes, according to a new study.

 

While previous studies have reported that action games can improve cognitive skills, the researchers say their study is the first to compare several video games and show that different skills can be improved by playing different games.

 

The researchers explain that, much like muscles that can be trained with repetitive actions, repeated use of certain cognitive processes in video games can improve performance on other tasks as well.

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According to this study, researchers found that you can use specific games to improve specific skills, which can then be useful outside of the games.

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Here's How You'll Get Smarter By Playing Video Games

Here's How You'll Get Smarter By Playing Video Games | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

It turns out that playing video games can actually make you smarter and help you to develop important skills that are necessary to succeed in a 21st century labor market.


Here's what the experts are saying.

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‘Game-based’ learning

‘Game-based’ learning | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Check out the classroom of the future, Bill Gates’ style: Students are grouped according to skill set. One cluster huddles around a computer terminal, playing an educational game or working on a simulator. Another works with a human teacher getting direct instruction, while another gets a digital lesson delivered from their teacher’s avatar.

 

This kind of “game-based” learning is one of the priorities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Microsoft creator.

 

Two years ago, the nonprofit brought together 20 of the country’s best assessment designers with 20 of the world’s best game designers to discuss creating games that engage kids more deeply, said Vicki Phillips, director of the college ready strategy for the Gates Foundation.

 

“Part of what we’re trying to do is make more robust the array of things teachers have access to at their fingertips that are aligned to standards, that are high quality, that engage kids though technology and let [teachers] be the orchestra leader,” Phillips said.

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