FA16- Project 2: Week 5



When I first thought of this topic I was against video games and thought they made children aggressive and were not beneficial but after doing more research I saw a different side. I was influenced by all the research done and was convinced that in fact video games were beneficial to young children. In the research I found that video games can help children with cognitive learning, behavioral development and social skills. All factors that will help a person succeed in life. It was very interesting to learn and see first hand that video games are helping today’s generation.

The purpose of my research topic is to bring this awareness to others. Most often video games are viewed as bad and harmful to our children but in fact its the opposite. When I first did some research every article was how video games were causing children to be more aggressive and lack everyday skills but after doing more in depth I finally found some research that said opposite. There has only been little research and studies on the positives of video games but in those short list of studies I was convinced that video games are helpful and decided to change my thesis.

It is predicted that video games can help improve and manage a child’s cognitive learning, behavioral development and social skills. These three processes all benefit from the use of video games. I am eager to learn more and do more research as I write this paper. My hope is to bring more awareness to the positives and hope people who were once against them change their minds and encourage others. I hope that parents in particular encourage and allow their children to play video games that will one day help them in the long run and for schools so see the benefits and keep in mind the ways they can help their students and therefore consider bringing video games into the classroom

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About Robert O. Duncan

I'm an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at City University of New York, with joint appointments in Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. I also have an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at New York University. My research interests include cognitive neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging, glaucoma, neurodegenerative disorders, attention, learning, memory, educational technology, pedagogy, and developing games for education.

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