Tapping the brain-boosting benefits of video games

06/2/2005 | Guardian (London), The

Media watcher Steven Johnson and others say video games that allow players to manipulate variables affecting complex systems and observe the results give a "cognitive workout" that promotes problem-solving, concentration and planning. Johnson argues schools should waste no time figuring out how to tap the learning potential of games, since he predicts the workplace of the future will require employees to have skills in negotiating multiple "virtual worlds."

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