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You know how science works: some studies say that video games are bad and some studies say that playing games "drastically improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia." Who can you trust?
The University of Padua published a paper on Thursday entitled, "Action Video Games Make Dyslexic Children Read Better." The study claims to "demonstrate that only 12 hr of playing action video games—not involving any direct phonological or orthographic training—drastically improve the reading abilities of children with dyslexia."
In the experiment, kids between 7-13 were separated into two groups. The first group had nine 80-minute sessions with Rayman Raving Rabbids, while the second group played a more subdued game. After this, the kids' reading skills were tested and those who played Rayman Raving Rabbids were able to read faster and more accurately than the other group. This certainly does seem like a strange correlation, but we're interested to learn more about how games might help kids with reading problems.
[Source: Huffington Post]
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I heard about this on the radio this morning. Raving Rabbids isn't exactly action, though.
I have a dyslexic friend who adores the rabbits, and says they are the main lead of the Rayman franchise. I disagree with him by saying that those rabbits play all those crazy party games because they already smoked up all the party weed. Nevertheless Rayman 3 for the PS2 will be stuck in my childhood mind forever!
That's great!!! :D
Dude. That's both weird, and freaking awesome.
That is quite interesting actually.
though it's unsure if this study is actually accurate, this correlation could be that the games train there eyes or brain to focus upon oen thing at once and therefore focus better at reading? i dont know just a guess
In other news, Rayman Raving Rabbids linked to ADHD.
I know I can read really well and I have been playing games forever. Could be some truth in that. I learned to read mostly because I wanted to know what the people in games were saying without having to have someone read everything to me.
This is really interesting. I'd like to try this with the little boy I babysit. Sounds like some kind of RPG. haha "Spend 2 hours playing Raving Rabbids? *Results: Reading +2*"
this is awesome!