The impact of video games on cognition and learning

The AP (via USA Today) reports on the continuing scholarly debate over the effect of video gaming on various aspects of cognition and learning:

Researchers who gathered in Boston for the American Psychological Association convention detailed a series of studies suggesting video games can be powerful learning tools — from increasing younger students’ problem-solving potential to improving the suturing skills of laparoscopic surgeons.

One study even looked at whether playing World of Warcraft, the world’s biggest multiplayer online game, can improve scientific thinking.

The conclusion? Certain types of video games can have benefits beyond the virtual thrills of blowing up demons.

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