Action Videogames Train Your Brain For Decision-Making

September 21, 2010

Researcher Daphne Bavelier is back with more videogame research. Once again, the study used The Sims 2, Call Of Duty 2, and Unreal Tournament.

The results of this study showed that those who played the action games made quicker decisions:

“In the problem-solving exercise, the action-game players made decisions 25 percent faster than the strategy group, while answering the same number of questions correctly.”

The Matthew Effect Shows Up in ADHD Diagnosis

September 14, 2010

It seems that the Matthew Effect shows up in the diagnosis of ADHD.

If you have read Outliers, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

China’s “Human-Flesh Search”

March 16, 2010

Interesting piece in the New York Times on a phenomenon in China known as “human-flesh search” where Internet users work together to humiliate or otherwise punish people. As the Times says:

It’s crowd-sourced detective work, pursued online — with offline results.