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Wednesday, January 7

Libraries offer more than books

Jim Rettig, president, American Library Association - Richmond, Va., offered a balanced response to the senator's criticism in the defense of gaming:

The American Psychological Association has done studies showing how video games can be powerful learning tools, specifically for problem-solving skills. This finding was echoed by a recent Sony Online Entertainment LLC study, which found that 70% of parents say their children's problem-solving skills have been improved by playing video games.

Also, a study of people ages 60 to 70 and highlighted in the December issue of Psychology and Aging showed that playing video games can be especially beneficial to people for strengthening memory and reasoning.

I applaud the Westfield Public Library for providing this innovative technology to its community. [MORE]



posted by Michael Tresca at 4:09 PM

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