March 04, 2011

Dr. Gee says that brains work better with games

Huff Post '"Your brain's important, but not all that important," said Dr. James Paul Gee, a professor at Arizona State University and a leading authority on literacy and the potential of educational games, during a talk at the Learning and Brain conference last week.' by Tina Barseghian

By that he means the following: What we'd assumed about the importance of brain functions -- following rules and logic and calculating -- are no longer relevant. There's been a revolution in the learning sciences and the new theories say that human beings learn from experiences -- that our brains can store every experience we've had, and that's what informs our learning process.

Following that logic, he says, the best kind of learning comes as a result of well-designed experiences.

Gee, who spoke at the Learning and the Brain Conference last week, used this theory to launch into research-validated reasons why video games are good for learning.

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