The next time that your department needs to come up with the innovative solution that will bring prominence to the company, make a bee-line for your local Gamestop and pick up a videogame. In a recent research study conducted at the Michigan State University's Children and Technology Project, about 500 12-year-olds in Michigan were tested to determine the effect of games on creativity. The results? Children who play video games are more creative.
The children were given creative thinking tests – shown a drawing and asked to expand on it or comment on what it means – and then asked about their use of cell phones, computers, the Internet and video games. With video games was there a correlation to creativity, the researchers say, and that was true for boys and girls, and across all races.
"Not only are (video games) not all bad, there's some 'intellectual' good to be found in playing them," says the project's lead investigator Linda Jackson, a professor of psychology at Michigan State.