BE­ING GOOD AT VIDEO GAMES IS

A MEA­SURE OF IN­TEL­LI­GENCE

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Have You Heard? -

If you’re good at games, you might also be good at ev­ery­thing else. That’s ac­cord­ing to a new study that found two of the world’s most pop­u­lar video games act like IQ tests. Those who are the best at them also get the high­est scores on tra­di­tional in­tel­li­gence tests, suggest­ing that video games might ac­tu­ally make you smarter. Both games — League of Leg­ends and De­fence of the An­cients 2 (DOTA 2) — com­bine strate­gic think­ing with quick re­ac­tions, and so could both re­ward and train up par­tic­u­lar kinds of think­ing. That seemed to be con­firmed by the study, which com­pared peo­ple’s lev­els of skill in the games with their IQ. The bet­ter peo­ple were at play­ing, the more their in­tel­li­gence score, it found. A sim­i­lar study that looked at chess sug­gested that more con­ven­tional games are good mark­ers of in­tel­li­gence, too.

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