Video Games Make Children Smarter


child play computer gamesPuzzle video games for children are known to be able to increase the ability of abstraction and problem solving significantly. This is because the games train memory work in children who plays it. Positive influence of games on children will be seen at least three months after they stop playing games.

This was revealed by researchers from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The researchers found that giving daily exercise on the brain can actually increase the intelligence. Video game makers always claim that playing games can provide benefits of increased cognitive abilities. While previous studies carried out had showed the researchers disagree on the truth of this claim.

For that reason, Susanne M. Jaeggi, Ph.D., and his team from the University of Michigan conducted a study to see the influence of video games on brain work. The study was conducted on 62 elementary and middle school students. Of that total, 32 students of whom were trained five times a week for a month to perform computerized tasks. In one meeting the students do it for 15 minutes. On the other hand, as many as 30 other students are asked to do common knowledge tasks and vocabulary exercises.

From there, the researchers found that only students who were involved in the video games increases in abstraction and problem-solving abilities. This capability is evident three months after the students had stopped playing the game. The children who are given memory exercises are also easier in remembering their teacher’s instructions, have a better focus in school assignments, and not easily lose concentration.

In the memory game, which was adapted from games aimed for mature gamers, students must follow and remember the position in a grid arrangement, recognize patterns and respond to questions about it. Each time the order is properly completed, it will be followed by a longer arrangement. The game progressively challenge the  students’ skills in managing the data contained in their brains. The game requires full concentration. Students should also be able to block the interference when concentrating on the given task.

However, according to medicalnewstoday, researchers stressed that students who benefit more from the game’s study were children who likes game. Jaeggi said parents should still be cautious in pushing their child too much in this regard. He said it was important to achieve balance in giving attention to the child’s interest, such as in exercise and music.