Opinions and Culture

Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Children, Media and Video Games – A First Look

Two elements of children and video games are covered in this show. First I summarize a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation on media use by children 8 to 18. By looking at all media use by children we can contextualize their use of video games. Following this, you’ll hear an interview made at the 2011 Games for Health conference with a game developer who produces games for children. Karen Littman is president and founder of Morphonix, a game development company in Sausalito, California. For 20 years her company has been mostly devoted to developing a series of neuroscience games that teach children and teens basic concepts about brain science but in an entertaining way.