Playing computer games may not always slacken kids’ performance at school,
for a new study has found that children who play computer games before going off
to school get better grades than those who don’t play such
games.

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In the study conducted
at the St Columba’s Primary in Dundee, a group of Primary 5 and 6 pupils played
for 20 minutes on Nintendo’s handheld DS console at the start of each day which
showed ‘dramatic’ advancements in the classroom after gaming for 20
minutes before the lessons began.


The game, called ‘More
Brain Training from Dr Kawashima’ features number challenges, reading
tests, problem-solving exercises and memory puzzles.


The tasks are designed to
‘exercise the brain’ by increasing blood for to the pre-frontal
cortex.


Ten weeks later the
group was given a Maths test with the results showing a ten per cent average
increase compared to those taken before the experiment.


Additionally, the average time
for completion of the test dropped from 17 minutes, 1 second to 13 minutes, 19
seconds.


Some of the children
even halved the time it took them while maintaining or improving upon their
score.


Another group was given
the existing educational movement based programme, Brain Gym, during the same
experimental period.


The
analyses of this particular group found that these children also achieved better
results but not to the extent of the Nintendo group.


Along with the children’s test
scores improving, notable progress was also made in their behaviour and
concentration.


Derek Robertson,
Learning and Teaching Scotland’s development officer, has backed the role of
computer games in improving kids’ classroom performance.


"There was dramatic
enhancement in their mental Maths ability in such a short period of time. It
also seemed to have a settling effect on the children,” the Daily Mail
quoted him, as saying.

Via Times of India