Diary - All in the game

11th September 2009 at 01:00

Games are good for getting pupils limbered up at the start of lessons - but research from the Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, in the US, could start a new trend. The researchers claim that playing the block-dropping Nintendo computer game Tetris for 30 minutes each day boosts brain efficiency and develops a thicker brain cortex.

In the study, a group of teenage girls played the game for a set time over three months. MRI scans and brain analysis were then used to find what changes had occurred. More grey matter could mean that certain areas of the brain do not need to work as hard to complete complex tasks.

So, instead of playing 20 questions at the start of a lesson, finding a job-lot of games consoles may prove more beneficial.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now