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Study: A day of Video Games tops a year of therapy for dyslexic readers

#1TravarkothPosted 3/1/2013 2:31:09 PM
Playing action video games could help dyslexic children read faster, a new study suggests.

Neuroscientists from the University of Padua in Italy tested the reading ability of two groups of 10-year-olds after one group had played action video games and the other played non-action video games.

According to the study, published Thursday in Current Biology, playing fast-paced video games helped improve dyslexic children’s reading speed more than a year of intense, traditional therapies could. The improvements did not fade with time either, researchers found.

Each group was composed of 10 children who played 80 minutes of video games a day for nine days, equaling 12 hours of play per child.

Their reading skills were measured on a number of factors, including how fast they read words and how accurately they read them. Some words were called pseudo words, meaning they’re not actual words in the English language but letters put together that can be read phonetically. For example, the word “dake” would be read like “cake.”

Action video game players trounced their non-action peers in improvements. Only action game kids showed general reading improvements, up to 40%. They cut their reading speed almost in half, while non-action readers showed no improvement. The action gamers also improved their basic text reading by as much as 60%, while non-action gamers showed a more modest 5%-10% gain.

Though more study is needed to nail down the specific role that action games play in the improvements, the researchers claimed their data is the start.

“Our findings – supported by results showing that attention can be studied and efficiently trained during infancy – pave the way for low-resource-demanding early prevention programs that could drastically reduce the incident of reading disorders,” the authors concluded.

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-dyslexic-readers-learn-video-games-20130301,0,7659390.story
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#2DoukouPosted 3/1/2013 2:33:14 PM
Bann Video games.
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#3Travarkoth(Topic Creator)Posted 3/1/2013 2:40:53 PM
From: Doukou | Posted: 3/1/2013 4:33:14 PM | #002
Bann Video games.

I know, right? XD

Interesting stuff, though.
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#4glassghost0Posted 3/1/2013 2:45:35 PM
My mom always got on me about playing video games.

"All that killin', that's all you do."
"How much money have you spent on those video games?!"
"You play games too much."

What does she do? Plays games on Facebook all day long.

I seriously don't think I would have been as smart as I am today without having grown up playing games. I know my reflexes and reading skills are as high as they are thanks to games.
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#5Travarkoth(Topic Creator)Posted 3/1/2013 2:53:02 PM
From: glassghost0 | Posted: 3/1/2013 4:45:35 PM | #004
My mom always got on me about playing video games.

"All that killin', that's all you do."
"How much money have you spent on those video games?!"
"You play games too much."

What does she do? Plays games on Facebook all day long.

I seriously don't think I would have been as smart as I am today without having grown up playing games. I know my reflexes and reading skills are as high as they are thanks to games.

Agreed, they've certainly helped me with reflexes and reading. Especially reflexes... I'm sure you've had those times where, for example, a glass falls off the table and you are able to quickly catch it?

Also, driving games have certainly helped me before I started driving.
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#6WhiteBaitKentPosted 3/1/2013 2:57:41 PM
Seems Legit. It's topics like these that make the visit to Gamefaqs enjoyable (which is rare).
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#7Charging_ZebraPosted 3/1/2013 3:01:50 PM
LEGIT

My grandma can suck it.
#8FFTHEWINNERPosted 3/1/2013 3:05:03 PM
What does "dyslexic" mean >_>?
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#9shawnmckPosted 3/1/2013 3:10:20 PM
These scientists were obviously paid off by the enormously rich video-game lobby.
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#10vigorm0rtisPosted 3/1/2013 3:12:24 PM
Seeing as how dyslexia is a language morphology issue in the brain, I'm going to guess that this study was making the same mistake that a lot of studies do and mistaking dyslexia and ADHD.
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