Kids smarter after playing Nintendo DS

Filed under: Toys, That's Entertainment

It's the news kids around the world have been waiting to hear for decades, and now -- finally -- there's proof. Video games make you smarter.

At least that's the news from St. Columba's primary school, where 30 students, ages nine and 10, played Nintendo's portable DS unit for 15 minutes every morning before class -- and saw a "dramatic" improvement in their academic performance.

Granted, it's not like they were playing Mario Brothers. Instead, the kids warmed up their brains with Dr. Kawashima's More Brain Training -- a game comprised of number challenges, problem-solving exercises and memory puzzles. It's a game that's actually designed to increase blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex, which gives the brain a workout.

So kids, now's the time to start pressuring mom and dad to get you a DS for Christmas. But remember, it's not because you want to waste time playing The Legend of Zelda -- it's because you want to learn.

[via Neatorama]

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