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Video games positively connected to creativity, new study shows

11/7/11 10:23pm

A new and recent study, composed largely of research by Michigan State University scholars, has shown that boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative. Regardless of whether or not the games contained violent content, this conclusion was found to be true for most children. Gender, race, and game type did not matter; the overall positive relationship between "video game creativity and greater creativity" was continuously found.

The study included around 500 children who were all about 12 years old. In addition to video games, cell phone usage, Internet usage, and the use of computers for non-gaming purposes were observed and assessed. However, the latter ones were found to be unrelated to creativity. Linda Jackson, a professor of psychology who was the lead researcher for the study, had the following to say:

"The MSU findings should motivate game designers to identify the aspects of video game activity that are responsible for the creative effects. Once they do that, video games can be designed to optimize the development of creativity while retaining their entertainment values such that a new generation of video games will blur the distinction between education and entertainment."

A variety of research methods were used throughout the study, which largely included the assessment at how participants utilized separate types of technology, and the Torrance Test of Creativity-Figural. This particular test involves tasks such as the subjects drawing original images from a given shape, providing unique titles, and writing stories about their work. If you would like to see more specific information for the research process and statistical results, you can click here to look at the full study.

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