Researchers are continuing to investigate the psychological effects of gaming, but thankfully we’ve finally moved into topics beyond links between games and violence. New research suggests that games like Minecraft can help prime players to think more creatively – so if you’re looking to get the juices flowing on your next project, you might want to hit up one of the best Minecraft servers for some inspiration. Research from Iowa State University suggests that playing games can enhance your creativity, but the effects depend on what you’re playing and how you’re playing it. Participants in the study were split into four groups, and each of those groups was assigned 40 minutes of a different activity. One watched TV, while the second played a NASCAR game. The other two played Minecraft. After the time was up, participants went through a creativity test where they were asked to draw an alien from a planet unlike Earth, and researchers judged creativity based on how unlike humans those drawings were.
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