You can train your brain with digital media

You can train your brain with digital media The idea, appealing to children, parents and teachers alike, is that children can improve their brains by engaging in entertaining media; in particular here we’ll talk about computer games. The fundamentals of this claim are solid. The brain is plastic and can reconfigure itself to particular tasks and environments. In fact, this is the very basis of education: we can learn to read or do mathematics, as a result of this brain plasticity plus extended exposure to particular educational tasks or environments and, in theory, computer screens are just another way of exposing the brain to those tasks or environments. Digital ‘brain training’ is big business. From video games, to apps, to DVDs, the global market for educational digital media surpassed £1billion…


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