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People who play video games performed significantly better in both reasoning and short-term memory: scientists in journal Neuron


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Initial post: Dec 19, 2012 11:45:55 PM PST
Donkey Punch says:
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1304289--iq-a-myth-study-says

The idea that intelligence can be measured by a single number - your IQ - is wrong, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Western Ontario.

The study, published in the journal Neuron on Wednesday, involved 100,000 participants around the world taking 12 cognitive tests, with a smaller sample of the group undergoing simultaneous brain-scan testing.

"When we looked at the data, the bottom line is the whole concept of IQ - or of you having a higher IQ than me - is a myth," said Dr. Adrian Owen, the study's senior investigator and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the university's Brain and Mind Institute. "There is no such thing as a single measure of IQ or a measure of general intelligence."

Rather, the study determined three factors - reasoning, short-term memory and verbal ability - that combined to create human intelligence or "cognitive profile."

IQ testing is used by many educators to measure intelligence, including in public schools in Ontario.

The researchers advertised their tests through New Scientist magazine and on discovery.com. Word quickly spread around the world, far surpassing the expectations of researchers, who expected only a few thousand participants. It became the largest online study on intelligence, allowing them to gather data across demographic, age and gender lines.

The scientists also used brain-scanning (fMRIs) on some of the subjects. "If there is something in the brain that is IQ, we should be able to find it by scanning. But it turns out there is no one area in the brain that accounts for people's so-called IQ. In fact, there are three completely different networks that respond - verbal abilities, reasoning abilities and short-term memory abilities - that are in quite different parts of the brain," Owen said.

Among the study's other findings:

* While aging has a detrimental effect on reasoning and short-term memory, it leaves verbal abilities "completely unimpaired."

* Smoking has a negative impact on verbal abilities and short-term memory but does not affect reasoning skills.

* People who play video games performed "significantly better" in terms of both reasoning and short-term memory.

* Products that are advertised to improve brain function aren't effective. "People who `brain-train' are no better at any of these three aspects of intelligence than people who don't," Owen said.

People can still take the tests at cambridgebrainsciences.com/theIQchallenge. Owen said he hopes that 1 million people across the globe will eventually participate.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 1:03:19 AM PST
Voice of god says:
OMG we're training mass murderers AND making them smarter!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 1:09:23 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 1:20:42 AM PST
Voice of god says:
Maybe it's because you're dumb.

Do you smoke?
Are you old?

If so, you are dumb.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 1:22:17 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 2:48:08 AM PST
"When we looked at the data, the bottom line is the whole concept of IQ - or of you having a higher IQ than me - is a myth," said Dr. Adrian Owen, the study's senior investigator and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the university's Brain and Mind Institute. "There is no such thing as a single measure of IQ or a measure of general intelligence."

that is probably one of the smartest things i ever read....

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 3:40:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012 3:41:06 AM PST
Nicos says:
so does watching narto but you don't see any of them writing a book about it

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 4:49:03 AM PST
Aku says:
But my memory sucks in general, short and long term. And I've been playing games for decades now.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 4:52:59 AM PST
Frank says:
"The idea that intelligence can be measured by a single number - your IQ - is wrong, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Western Ontario.

The study, published in the journal Neuron on Wednesday, involved 100,000 participants around the world taking 12 cognitive tests, with a smaller sample of the group undergoing simultaneous brain-scan testing.

"When we looked at the data, the bottom line is the whole concept of IQ - or of you having a higher IQ than me - is a myth," said Dr. Adrian Owen, the study's senior investigator and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the university's Brain and Mind Institute. "There is no such thing as a single measure of IQ or a measure of general intelligence."

Their way of enabling the less intelligent amongst us. "It's ok to be slow see? A bunch of scientists said so!"

If we're all special then no one is special.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 5:08:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012 5:11:45 AM PST
Coffee says:
"The idea that intelligence can be measured by a single number - your IQ - is wrong, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Western Ontario.

I was always taught that IQ is a marker for one's ability to learn and process complex ideas, and never a straight 1:1 marker for intelligence. Gotta love these "studies" that don't really prove anything.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 5:10:13 AM PST
Marauder JJ says:
But Jesus, disproved this message last night. He also said his father, who was his mother as well, invented everything - not anything scientific.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 5:16:47 AM PST
Voice of god says:
"But my memory sucks in general, short and long term. And I've been playing games for decades now."

Are you sure? Maybe it's just been a few days.
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