Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
January 18, 2021
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Is  Portal 2  a better brain-training game than brain-training games?

Is Portal 2 a better brain-training game than brain-training games?

September 30, 2014 | By Kris Graft




A recent study from Florida State University psychology researchers pit two kinds of games against one another to see which is actually “better” for your brain: an “entertainment” game Portal 2, or Lumosity, a collection of games that have the express purpose of training your brain.

Researcher Val Shute made no bones about the results in a Popular Science report: "Portal 2 kicks Lumosity's ass.”

The study (full PDF below), however, was not exactly conclusive. In it, people played the games for eight hours, and after that period of time, Portal 2 players showed a larger increase in cognitive skills than did Lumosity players. According to the study, the skills measured were problem solving, spatial skill, and persistence.

As the PopSci report notes, even though the study is inconclusive, it does bring up questions about how games that were designed for entertainment can influence and increase neuroplasticity, or the ability for the brain to learn new cognitive skills.

On a related note, veteran game developer Starr Long, when predicting trends for the next decade of video games at GDC Next last year, noted games’ ability to teach us new kinds of cognition.

The Portal gun, which lets players make entry and exit points in a 3D space, introduces complex concepts and makes them accessible, for example. "That's not a cognitive ability you had before you did this," Long said at the time.

Portal vs Lumosity by GamaKris



Related Jobs

Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. — El Segundo, California, United States
[01.15.21]

Senior Web Developer
Gunfire Games
Gunfire Games — Austin, Texas, United States
[01.15.21]

Senior Boss Designer
innogames
innogames — Hamburg, Germany
[01.15.21]

Game Designer - Forge of Empires
Airship Syndicate
Airship Syndicate — Austin, Texas, United States
[01.13.21]

Mid to Senior Worldbuilder - Unreal Engine









Loading Comments

loader image