Think video games are bad for kids? You might have to reconsider. A team from the University of Padua published a paper Thursday called “Action Video Games Make Dyslexic Children Read Better,” which presents evidence that playing action-oriented video games can increase the reading comprehension skills of children with dyslexia.
In its experiment, the team separated children aged 7-13 into two groups: The first group played nine 80-minute sessions of the action-packed video game “Rayman Raving Rabbids,” while the second group played a relatively placid game. Afterward, the subjects’ reading skills were tested; those who had played the action-oriented video game were able to read faster and more accurately, and subsequently did better on other tests measuring attention span.
The study, published in the journal Current Biology, also found that the children who played the action video game for 12 hours saw a larger improvement in reading skills than they would have from an average amount of reading during an entire year. The authors hypothesized that action video games rapidly honed players’ visual attention spans and taught them to extract critical information from the environment – two skills that are crucial to reading.
I could have told them that the game increase the speed that peoples brain works. I just wish I could be around 100 years from now so I can see what people are like then. History has shown us that Environment changes all animals to include people.