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Video games and cognition

Two different stories recently announced positive cognitive effects of video game playing. The Wall Street Journal video below shows the findings of researchers at Simon Frasier University, whose study concluded that games like StarCraft II improve players’ multi-tasking and cognitive skills:

Researchers at the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University published an article reporting that playing World of Warcraft boosts the cognition of older adults. This is especially interesting because the study showed that playing the game boosted cognition for “Particularly those adults who had scored poorly on cognitive ability tests before playing the game.” . The complete article is here.

These are encouraging findings. Who knows, maybe in the future we can devise whole new therapy programs for older citizens using games instead of medication. It’s good to see the scientific community looking games not as a threat, but as a potential tool.

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