Quick Look: Viewing computer images as effective for learning as active exploration

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I'm not advocating for keeping kids indoors all day tethered to computers, but for those who shun all technology, this is really interesting research: "Mammals can learn equally well when they passively view information on a computer screen compared to actively exploring the environment for this information."

Viewing two-dimensional images of the environment, as they occur in computer games, leads to sustained changes in the strength of nerve cell connections in the brain. In Cerebral Cortex, Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan and Anne Kemp of the RUB Department for Neurophysiology report about these findings.