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March 30, 2019 Saturday 10:04:28 AM IST

Video Games Can Help Improve Spatial Skills

Teacher Insights

A new research has shown that use of video games can help improve spatial skills.

The report by Richard E. Mayer, a research scientist at University of California said that use of vidoe games can help understand better engineering and geo-science topics. The ability to understand maps, diagrams and graphs are crucial for many emerging science, technology, mathematical and engineering disciplines. It also involves the ability of the student in rotating and conceptualising 3D objects. Students who rely on Google Maps rather than street directories and increased use of satellite navigational systems have a long-term adverse outcome on development of spatial skills. However, use of video games were found to improve the spatial skills lost due to dependency on devices.

Parents are worried about the impact of video games on anti-social behaviour and likelihood of promoting violence among them. However, new research findings show the possibility of using video games to improve skills that are vital for many emerging jobs and professions.


https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-psych-010418-102744

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