There were a few interesting research papers presented at the last American Psychological Association conventions around the theme:
Playing Video Games Offers Learning Across Life Span, Say Studies
— Skills Transfer to Classroom, Surgical Procedures, Scientific Thinking (press release).
Probably the most interesting study was that of 303 laparoscopic surgeons, which “showed that surgeons who played video games requiring spatial skills and hand dexterity and then performed a drill testing these skills were significantly faster at their first attempt and across all 10 trials than the surgeons who did not the play video games first.”
The note goes further to explain the implications from this research:
“The big picture is that there are several dimensions on which games have effects, including the amount they are played, the content of each game, what you have to pay attention to on the screen, and how you control the motions,” said Gentile. “This means that games are not “good’ or bad,’ but are powerful educational tools and have many effects we might not have expected they could.”
Very thoughtful quote. Please note a few elements about [Read more…] about Videogames for Cognitive Training?