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Science, technology, engineering and math in K-12
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This Is Your Brain On Games - InformED

This Is Your Brain On Games - InformED | STEM Connections |

"The past year has illuminated many things about the way the brain works, including how it responds to games. It is now erroneous to conflate ten hours of Super Mario with minor head trauma. We know that you won’t go blind if you’re looking for coins and bananas and rings on a screen all day. Your motivation and attention span will remain intact no matter what level you reach in Skyrim. In fact, the very latest science is telling us the exact opposite of what we thought all along: video games actually increase brain function."

Via Beth Dichter, Dean J. Fusto
Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 29, 2015 9:35 PM

Brain research now shows that action video games impact "brain plasticity, learning, attention, and vision." What does this mean? That video games may make the brain bigger, as in increasing brain volume.

Along with information on how video games may make the brain "bigger, better, faster, stronger" the post also shares information on "using the neuroscience of games to boost learning" and "how to ditch your biases."

A number of studies are quoted in the post with links to additional information.

luc taesch's curator insight, February 7, 2015 6:23 AM

game your biais away ! #antifragile #agile

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There’s One Key Difference Between Kids Who Excel At Math And Those Who Don’t

There’s One Key Difference Between Kids Who Excel At Math And Those Who Don’t | STEM Connections |

"'I’m just not a math person.' We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of 'math people' is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. Worse, you may be helping to perpetuate a pernicious myth that is harming underprivileged children—the myth of inborn genetic math ability. Is math ability genetic? Sure, to some degree. Terence Tao, UCLA’s famous virtuoso mathematician, publishes dozens of papers in top journals every year, and is sought out by researchers around the world to help with the hardest parts of their theories. Essentially none of us could ever be as good at math as Terence Tao, no matter how hard we tried or how well we were taught. But here’s the thing: We don’t have to! For high school math, inborn talent is just much less important than hard work, preparation, and self-confidence." | by Miles Kimball and Noah Smith

Via Todd Reimer, Melissa Tothero
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