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May 05, 2005

Games, Computers, TV and changes in IQ

I here posted on the topic of Steven Johnson’s new book on the growing impact of new technologies and more complex media on intellect. May’s issue of Wired Magazine has an article from the author entitled “Dome Improvement: Why are IQ test scores rising around the globe?”

The ultimate test of the "cognitively demanding leisure" hypothesis may come in the next few years, as the generation raised on hypertext and massively complex game worlds starts taking adult IQ tests. This is a generation of kids who, in many cases, learned to puzzle through the visual patterns of graphic interfaces before they learned to read. Their fundamental intellectual powers weren't shaped only by coping with words on a page. They acquired an intuitive understanding of shapes and environments, all of them laced with patterns that can be detected if you think hard enough. Their parents may have enhanced their fluid intelligence by playing Tetris or learning the visual grammar of TV advertising. But that's child's play compared with Pokémon.

Read the full article here.


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