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Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation: Results suggest novel approaches to maintaining cognition as we age. Don't put that controller down just yet.

Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation: Results suggest novel approaches to maintaining cognition as we age

Playing three-dimensional video games -- besides being lots of fun -- can boost the formation of memories, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists. Along with adding to the trove of research that shows these games can improve eye-hand coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer from dementia.

Study results appear Dec. 9 in The Journal of Neuroscience. For their research, Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson of UCI's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory recruited non-gamer college students to play either a video game with a passive, two-dimensional environment ("Angry Birds") or one with an intricate, 3-D setting ("Super Mario 3D World") for 30 minutes per day over two weeks. Students playing the 3-D video game improved their scores on the memory test, while the 2-D gamers did not. Gabe Zichermann: How games make kids smarter.

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games. Activities For Children. The importance of outdoor play By Kidspot team | The sight of children playing in the streets seems to be long gone in many parts of Australia, but the wane of outdoor play also means losing many of the learning benefits.

Activities For Children

The great outdoors is one of the oldest play places in the world, where children play some of the most interesting games. Playing outside today is rare as children: Spend more time indoors in front of the television or computer and being ferried everywhere in the car. The fun of outdoor play Besides being out in the fresh air, one of the big benefits of outdoor play versus indoor play is being free from parental and adult constraints. Understand complex speech and language patterns like phonology, lexis, grammar and syntax Develop more complex skills around friendships and social engagement.

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development - Beautiful Minds - Scientific American Blog Network. [This post was co-authored with Jerome L.

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development - Beautiful Minds - Scientific American Blog Network

Singer and Dorothy G. Singer] Many people often think of play in the form of images of young children at recess engaging in games of tag, ball, using slides, swings, and physically exploring their environments. But physical play is not the only kind of play. We often use the terms pretend play or make-believe play (the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions), that reflect a critical feature of the child’s cognitive and social development. Educational Games - How they help in Child Development. A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children. The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games - Raise Smart Kid. Is playing video games good or bad for you?

The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games - Raise Smart Kid

It can be both. Video games are frowned upon by parents as time-wasters, and worse, some education experts think that these games corrupt the brain. Playing violent video games are easily blamed by the media and some experts as the reason why some young people become violent or commit extreme anti-social behavior. But many scientists and psychologists find that video games can actually have many benefits – the main one is making kids smart. Video games may actually teach kids high-level thinking skills that they will need in the future. 10 Baby Game Ideas for Baby’s First Year. Fun baby games that can boost your child's skills and development don't need to be complicated.

10 Baby Game Ideas for Baby’s First Year

In fact, they shouldn't be. You may even find that many of the best games you can play with your child to help her learn about the world around her are what you already do naturally. 20 fun, silly, development-boosting games to play with your baby. When we first brought our baby home, we were stricken with terror.

20 fun, silly, development-boosting games to play with your baby

Would the baby suddenly stop breathing? What if she choked? Did the other people on the road always drive this dangerously? As the days wore on, the fear ebbed. Okay, we could keep the baby alive. Now that we both know a lot more about babies — or at least our baby — we know not to expect a lot of interaction from a newborn. From day one, your baby's interested in what's going on around him. Playing games helps fit the puzzle pieces together — as your baby grows, play is crucial for his social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. A few notes for the novice baby-entertainer: Repetition is important. Your baby's attention span will vary a lot, depending on his age, his temperament, and his mood. Some babies are easily overstimulated. Keep in mind that not every baby will catch on to every game that's supposedly perfect for his age range. How your baby gets ready to achieve his first big developmental milestone.

A little video gaming 'linked to well-adjusted children' Playing video games for a short period each day could have a small but positive impact on child development, a study by Oxford University suggests.

A little video gaming 'linked to well-adjusted children'

Scientists found young people who spent less than an hour a day engaged in video games were better adjusted than those who did not play at all. But children who used consoles for more than three hours reported lower satisfaction with their lives overall. The research is published in the journal Pediatrics. Lack of outdoor play said to hurt children's development - Windsor. Teachers, parents and health officials in southern Ontario say kids today simply don't know how to play outside.

Lack of outdoor play said to hurt children's development - Windsor

Public schools in Windsor-Essex are phasing out traditional playgrounds and the city is contemplating selling off parks. (CBC) "We’re not talking about structured play. We’re talking about free unstructured play out of doors," said Sharon Seslija, a health and physical education consultant for the Greater Essex County District School Board. "When I was growing up and when I was raising my own children it was ‘go outside and play. "So, the kids developed imagination, played with kids in the neighbourhood and developed problem solving skills. Seslija said modern neighbourhoods don't encourage outdoor play. "In some suburban areas, you’re lucky if you have a sidewalk," she said. Province funds 'outdoor education' The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided school boards additional funding for “outdoor education” for the past two years. "Form follows function. Video Games Effects on Child Development. Effect of Video Games on Child Development.

Danielle Dai and Amanda Fry Little bit o’ history If you are a parent in this era of information and technology, chances are you have a child who has played, is playing, or will be playing video games.

Effect of Video Games on Child Development

The video game industry is a rapid-growing market that went from having a market volume of $100 million in 1985 to $4 billion in 1990 (Gartner, 2013). How did this industry gain so much ground?