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Some Games Seem To Improve Dyslexic Children's Reading

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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