Studies: Video Games Can Aid Students, Surgeons

New research suggests that video games are not only fun but can actually enhance certain mental and physical abilities.

Researchers gathered in Boston for the American Psychological
Association convention are detailing a series of studies suggesting
video games can be powerful learning tools. The benefits range from
increasing younger students' problem-solving potential to improving
the suturing skills of laparoscopic surgeons.

One study even found that "World of Warcraft," the world's
biggest multiplayer online game, appears to sharpen scientific
thinking skills.

But the news isn't all good. Other studies confirm earlier
research that found students who play violent games tend to be more
hostile. And those who play more entertainment games do poorer in
school and have a greater risk of obesity.

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  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Aug 18, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    I had a roommate who was so addicted to World of Warcraft that he didn't do anything, but stay in the room and play it all day. Most of the time he went to class, but that was the only other activity he would do. He would even skip meals sometimes. He made a B in Calculus 3 though; so maybe it did help him.

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