The exploration of video games as a tool for problem solving and cognitive skills development
Nicholas Eugene Zaparyniuk, University of Alberta , Canada
University of Alberta . Awarded
Video games have changed the way we view, think about, and participate in recreation, entertainment, and play. However, with over 25 years of research, there is still little empirical evidence of the long-term effects of video games on problem solving and cognitive skills development. Sixty-five students from the University of Alberta, 34 Gamers and 31 Non-gamers, were tested using the Canadian Test of Cognitive Skills. The results showed that Gamers scored significantly higher in the areas of sequencing, non-verbal, and overall cognitive skills. The PARI cognitive task analysis was used to compare eight Gamers and eight Non-gamers problem solving strategies in a video game environment. Although no significant difference was found, both groups showed the ability to adapt their cognitive strategies as they progressed in the game. The results of the study suggest that video games are an effective tool for problem solving and cognitive skills development.
Zaparyniuk, N.E. The exploration of video games as a tool for problem solving and cognitive skills development. Master's thesis, University of Alberta.
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