Spatial Attention Games
"Follow the bouncing ball!' - Romper Room
Spatial Attention describes the rapid and accurate assessment of visual relationships in space. Turns out this skill is highly correlated to superior abilities in math, science and abstract thought. These games require quick, targeted reactions within a constantly changing 360 degree game space with threats that might come from any direction. To beat these games you have to keep on your toes!
Bobulous, Spin BlasterThese two games both demand keeping an eye on objects coming at you from all sides. This "spatial awareness" has been tied to math ability, especially higher math subjects such as geometry and problem solving.
- For those who don't mind the violence, immersive first-person shooter (FPS) games and other 3D games are recommended.
- MineCraft is a very popular building game that takes place in a 3D space. Highly recommended for developing spatial attention.
- It's also been found that simply talking to your kids in spatial terms, using words like big, tall, circle, curvy, or edge when describing things, has a significant impact on spatial thinking later on. A natural way to do this is by playing with blocks with your child with the objective of building something specific, or by using plans.
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- Childrenâ€™s spatial thinking:Â does talk about the spatial world matter? (Pruden, Levine & Huttenlocher, 2011)
- Block Talk: Spatial LanguageÂ During Block Play (Ferrara et al., 2011)
- Action video game modifies visual selective attention (Green & Bavelier, 2003)
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