Shalom Fisch, Richard Lesh, Elizabeth Motoki, Sandra Crespo, Vincent Melfi
Two eight-year-old girls are playing a computer game in which they have to fill gaps in a railroad track with different-size pieces of track: "I think we're supposed to use the 1 and then the 10." "Uh-oh. Can [we] subtract?" "This is too confusing." They clear the pieces from the screen, then start again with a different strategy: "This time, we'll start with the mini-pieces..." None of us is born with a separate part of the brain devoted exclusively to playing computer games. While playing games, we apply the same sorts of knowledge, inferences, and cognitive skills that we…
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