Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Video Games Good for your Eyes...and learning

ZDNet reviewed a research report on this topic:

A study by the University of Rochester showed that people who played action video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved their vision by about 20 percent.

"Action video game play changes the way our brains process visual information," Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, said in the study published on the university's Web site on Tuesday.

"These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life."

I believe we will begin to see more and more research showing the benefits of video games and learning. Those who don't play will undoubtedly need to wait "to see the data", but those of us that do play see most of this as a "yeah, duh".

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