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Video Games May Treat Dyslexia

Video Games May Treat Dyslexia | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Honing visual attention boosts reading ability. Though small, the study bolsters evidence that dyslexia stems in part from problems in focusing attention onto letters and words in an orderly way. 

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media tweakers's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:50 AM

I just love the way technology is used to help people.

Sarah Hibbeln's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:01 PM

This article I thought was AMAZING! It intersted me a lot that video games might be able to treat Dyslexia people. The University of Padua in Italy found that 10 kids with dyslexia who played an action-filled video game for an 80-minute sessions increased their reading speed! These video games help Dyslexia people in focusing attention onto letters and words in an orderly way. Apparently, video games make you focus on the players to constantly redirecting their attention to different targets. The training worked on visual attention skills and reading hand in hand, and the reading improvements even exceeded those obtained in children after traditional therapies for dyslexia.  Dyslexia need to focus on building language skills, which video games improve. Finally, This article needs to get out more and help people in not only the U.S. but the whole world. 

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Video games to spark interest in books

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A joint initiative by the National Library Board and Singapore's Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) is using video games to spark gamers' interest in books.

 

The "Game2Read" event, held at the National Library Building over the weekend, aims to encourage reading among the gaming community.

 

Gamers can pick up e-books related to their favourite video games at MediaCorp's ilovebooks booth and look up bits of trivia.

 

"It's an event that basically encourages youth, mainly gamers, to develop more healthy digital habits," said Aaron Khoo, chairman of SCOGA. "In this case, it will be reading, so we call it part of our cyber-wellness initiative."

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Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia

Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Study found children did better on reading tests after playing an action game
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This article explains a study out of Italy that shows that video games may help kids with dyslexia improve their reading skills. 

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Science Confirms Reading Fiction Is Making You A Better Person

Science Confirms Reading Fiction Is Making You A Better Person | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A Stanford professor, Joshua Landy, has some new research that calls into question the common assumption that reading fiction does something to strengthen our emotional, moral or empathic muscles, but argues that instead reading fiction is great exercise for our mental skills. And not just in the sense that reading teaches us new words and what characters who live in faraway parts of the world eat for breakfast, but actually stretching our brain cells to be better at things like logic, reaching better understanding through metaphor and comparison, and even "achieving peace of mind," according to Landy.

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