Several new studies reinforce the positive impact video games have on visual skills and cognitive ability. Earlier research already showed a clear link between learning, health and social benefits on one hand and game play on the other.
Researchers at Brown University recently found that game play sharpens visual processing skills. This suggests that gamers are better at hardwiring visual tasks thanks to the years of visual training they have through playing games. It also seems that playing games improves students’ ability to keep improving their skills after they initially learned them.
Another study at the University of Georgia (UGA) found that the performance of low-achieving students can be improved with tutoring software. This learning-by-teaching approach was created to help students with reading assignments. Because they have to teach the material through the teaching software after they have read the book, they experience more enjoyment and engage in much deeper processing such as reflection and analysis.
Finally, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international organisation of 34 countries seeking to stimulate economic progress, reaffirmed the cognitive benefits of video games. Its Programme for International Student Assessment, a worldwide study of high school students’ scholastic performance, shows that playing video games (in moderation) can lead to better performance in important subjects such as math and science.
These findings all back up previous research that video games are effective cognitive training tools and significantly boost problem solving and spatial skills in students.