I'm not sure if I should share this with my son, but apparently there's a study out that says that spending about 15 minutes a day playing the Nintendo DS video game, Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day, improves math skills. Oh yeah, it's supposed to help them behave too.
At the end of the ten week study, not only had their math accuracy improved but their time had improved as well. It seems playing the game improved that optimal balance of speed and accuracy that are the essential elements of mastery. As for the improved behavior aspect of the study, researchers said they found a “noticeable impact on behaviour and levels of concentration throughout the day, with the children becoming more self-confident.”
I wouldn't share these benefits with my son, though. I think that would just about take all the fun out of it. It would be much, much better to just let him think his mom is so cool, she actually lets him play his DS every day. We currently have a strict no-video game, no-computer game, no-television policy enforced Monday through Thursday. Such a radical change in policy would be a big deal around here.
All in all, not bad results for a handheld video game. Just in time for the holidays too.
Sound too good to be true? Read on... Children + DS = Better Math Scores, by Samantha Mason