Posted on April 22, 2007, Ron Whitaker Video Games Make You Smarter
Science is now coming to light that reveals what many gamers have long believed: Playing video games makes you smarter. Lumos Labs, an independent research firm, claims participants in tests of its games showed improved memory, attention, mental processing speed and cognitive control. Since the release of Brain Age, these types of games are becoming increasingly popular. Sherlye Bolton, chief executive of brain-training site Happy Neuron, says, “That’s a huge impetus toward the trend of exercising the brain. We’ve watched our parents age, but we’ve been different from our parents at every age. Why would we stop now?” On the other side of the coin, many researchers say that it’s far too early to draw definitive results on how gaming affects brain functions. Personally, I know that games have made me smarter. If you have doubts about that, remember this: I get paid to write about games. Translation? SMART.