FILMED JUN 2012 • POSTED OCT 2012 • TEDGlobal 2012
"What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time ... ""
Towards the end of the presentation, Lotto says "...What's the point (of the experiment)? The point is what science does for us. Right? We normally walk through life responding, but if we ever want to do anything different, we have to step into uncertainty. When he opened his eyes, he was able to see the world in a new way. That's what science offers us. It offers the possibility to step on uncertainty through the process of play, right?"
After you watch this TEDGlobal talk, the blog post at Big Questions Online, How Might Video Games Be Good for Us?, will probably evoke a shoulder shrug, and "But, of course!" from you. Listed in the Scientific Research results section of the post:"Children who spend more time playing videogames score higher on tests of creativity. (See the research)".