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Archive for January 25th, 2010

Gotta love these studies that take MRI’s of brains of people doing particular tasks.  It’s worth noting that similar findings have been found in many other tasks as well.  We just have to accept that sometimes people are better at doing that things than others, and it is probably to some degree, innate talent.

This also explains why I never was able to beat Super Mario Brothers.  Curse that level 8 stage 2!

Prior cognitive, psychological, and neurological studies have shown that expert video game players are capable of outperforming novices in measures of attention and perception. They also have demonstrated that, when novices train on video games for 20-plus hours, they experienced no measurable increase in cognitive ability. These two pieces of information would seem to point to an innate difference between expert and novices gamers, instead of suggesting that gaming is a skill that can be learned.

New neurological research, published in—and made freely available by—the journal Cerebral Cortex has found a correlation between the size of a trio of structures in the human brain and their owner’s ability to learn and play video games. Animal studies had focused the authors’ attention on three distinct structures deep within the brain: the caudate nucleus and the putamen in the dorsal striatum, and the nucleus accumbens in the ventral striatum. It was known that the striatum was used in habit forming and skill acquisition, so a role in video games skills makes sense.

via Bad at video games? Your brain structure may be at fault.

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hat-tip to the Pope, for acknowledging our changing world…

The Popes speech was posted in advance of the World Day of Communications set to take place in May, and its clear that this year, the Popes message is all about being active online. He emphasized that its not enough to merely be present on the Web—”Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”

via Pope: priests should blog, tweet the gospel too.

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