September 19, 2011, 11:51 AM —
Research on video games has become a growth industry, primarily because universities do this type of research, and student gamers are available. When some studies conclude game playing makes you smarter, the gaming community loves the research. But research saying earlier studies are flawed will likely get blasted with a BFG.
"Despite the hype, in reality, there is little solid evidence that games enhance cognition at all" says Walter Boot, an assistant professor at Florida State University in their Department of Psychology (Florida State News). Earlier studies recruited "expert gamers" to compare to non-gamers, drawing gamer participants who knew they were expected to test thinking skills. Besides, nothing in the research says gaming makes people smarter, because it may well be that smarter people become experts on involved, complex games.
Earlier studies that said gamers lack social skills and have a narrower range of human interaction? How do you think the players become experts? And yes, the gamers are vocal on this subject, as are the non-gamers.
New study is stupid
New study is right
No one is playing games to "enhance their cognitive skills". We'll keep playing until they prove that games kill you and possibly some time afterwards (some people still smoke don't they?).
Flunk on dailytech.com
Both sides are nuts
One study showed that readers of books by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter didn't get smarter from that reading. Now the news that playing Rapture: The Game isn't helping them either? Damn, what's this world coming to?
snakeInTheGrass on dailytech.com
Are you a serious gamer? Do you believe gaming helps your cognition skills? (Yes / No). Or are gamers anti-social nerds hiding from real life? (Yes / No).