Can playing games be good for you? A number of scientific studies suggest that board games like chess may positively influence the development of critical thinking, memory, and reasoning skills in young children. Could video games have a similarly beneficial effect on developing minds? We dug up some interesting research suggesting that there may be more to playing games than meets the eye–but don’t use these intriguing scientific studies as an excuse to slack off and play games all day.
This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered gaming-positive news in an unexpected setting, by the way. A few years ago we reported that some companies were answering yes to the question “Does Gaming at Work Improve Productivity?” And just a month ago, we urged you, “Tell Your Boss: Play Video Games, Work Smarter.”