Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gamer's Memory

Really interesting article. Quite the generation gap. I guess all those memories parents try to create are just not as memorable as Nintendo. I bought Nintendo hoping that it would develop hand-eye coordination skills but my kids only had a short passing interest in it.
"Nearly 50 percent of 26-year-old paralegal Philip Jenkins' encoded long-term memories involve button combinations, game-playing experiences, and spatial-cognitive maps of various levels and worlds from Nintendo's line of video-game consoles, a team of neuroscientists reported Tuesday...
Although these percentages are only slightly above the average for males in Jenkins' age bracket, McCarroll said that the memories most closely associated with the interactive gaming systems can be accessed far more quickly than any of his memories involving school, work, or family."

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