University researchers: Video games are good for students

Eighty-two percent of video game players in the US are 18 or older.

Studies showing the positive effects of video games might give college students a research-based excuse for why, exactly, they eschewed homework for “Call of Duty.”

Papers published by researchers at the University of Rochester in New York and North Carolina State University (NCSU) document a laundry list of cognitive improvements linked to consistent video-game playing.

After a few dozen test subjects between the ages of 18 and 25 played fast-paced video games and slow-paced games, researchers saw participants from the former group improve their ability to collect auditory and visual information when compared to those who played slower video games like Sim City.…Read More

University admissions site launches 3D platform

A new application developed by the University of Rochester, UK, aim to give prospective students a more transparent and interactive viewof what it is like to study and live on one of its campuses, ZDNet reports. RocRes, created by the university’s admissions office, is aimed at providing an insider’s view of what it is like to live on campus — going further than the usual open days where students only get a limited glimpse of university life. The 3D models feature dormitory rooms, 360 degree panoramic views and interactive views of Rochester’s River campus. If you click on a particular building you would like to investigate, you can view information (as of writing, some remains to be added) as well as view images of the structure — most of them artfully angled…

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