Health Matters: Video Games as Teaching Tools

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

June 17, 2011
Playing a memory challenging video game may help children learn problem-solving skills.
Researchers had more than sixty children play a video game where they had to remember previous locations of frogs on lily pads.
The game became harder as kids became better at it, and easier if they struggled.
People who improved the most at the game did the best on tests three months later.
Study authors say their research doesn't suggest ordinary video games have this kind of training power.
However they believe it does show how a particular type of training can boost brain skills even months after the fact.
Findings appear in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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