Are Video Games Better Alternatives To Textbooks?

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Are you a video gamer? If not, you may want to reconsider. There are studies that suggest the positive impact strategic video games have on your brain. Specifically, studies have shown that the complex strategic-thinking video game StarCraft may actually improve cognitive flexibility, which they state is a "cornerstone of human intelligence." Cognitive flexibility also described a person's ability to adapt to and switch between different tasks, as well as think about multiple ideas in a short amount of time to creatively solve problems. Some researchers have described StarCraft has the "chess of the 21st century," citing the ways it is thought to help the brain juggle strategy and critical thinking.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The instinct to play is the most basic, innate way for humans to want to learn. 00:56

  2. Some believe a way to revamp the education system in the United States is to make sure that the personal desire for knowledge is a stronger motivator than the fear of punishment. 03:43

  3. Reality Ends Here is the name of a filmmaking game run at USC to help cinema studios launch students into creating. 04:14