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University of Wisconsin-Madison: "A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers" (Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire mentioned)

A space-exploring robot crashes on a distant planet. In order to gather the pieces of its damaged spaceship, it needs to build emotional rapport with the local alien inhabitants. The aliens speak a different language but their facial expressions are remarkably humanlike.

This fantastical scenario is the premise of a video game developed for middle schoolers by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers to study whether video games can boost kids’ empathy, and to understand how learning such skills can change neural connections in the brain.

Read the full story at the University of Wisconsin-Madison website.