- PlayStation and Xbox games help children become the scientists and engineers of the future, a professor claims.
To quote: Children who spend hours every day on their Playstation or Xbox video consoles are improving their brains, according to new research.
A study of 12 year-olds found they boosted crucial visual-spatial skills in which a child learns by thinking in pictures and images.
Psychologist Professor Linda Jackson
, who led the study, said: "And these are the areas where we want to see improvements in our children's academic performance."
The findings are likely to surprise supporters of tougher regulation of computer games - some of which have been blamed for influencing violent crime among children.
The three-year study is part of a larger project exploring the effects of technology on children's academic performance and their social life, psychological well-being and moral reasoning.
Rsearchers asked how often the children used cell phones and played video games, both online and offline, and measured the children's grades, visual-spatial skills and performance in maths and reading tests.
As expected girls used cell phones more frequently than boys - who played video games far more frequently than did the females.