When we talk about how game skills transfer to real life, one of the main examples that crops up is brain training games. These games are designed to give players practice with specific skills, like memorization, that are then supposed to be generalized to the rest of our lives.
That sort of transition, known as “far transfer,” hasn’t generally held up in the face of research.
But what about broader skills that games exercise, like literacy, organization, or even empathy? In this week’s episode of The Psychology of Games, host Jamie Madigan welcomes guest expert Dr. Randy Kulman to explore that very issue. Dr. Kulman runs LearningWorks for Kids, an online platform that helps parents learn how to enrich their children’s digital play with a healthy play diet. Together, Madigan and Kulman explore how games can be positive forces in children’s lives, particularly when parents involve themselves in the process.
If you’re a parent of a new or future player or you’re interested in how we learn from games, consider checking it out. You can listen below or subscribe on iTunes.