Introduction: digital games as a context for cognitive development, learning, and developmental research

New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2013 Spring;2013(139):1-9. doi: 10.1002/cad.20026.


The authors present reasons why developmental psychologists should care about children's and adolescents' digital game play. These reasons may be identified as: a) digital game play is an integral aspect of children's and adolescents' lives; b) digital game play contributes to learning and cognitive development; and c) developmental research has the potential to contribute to effective educational game design. The authors expand on these reasons with the goal of introducing or reintroducing to developmental psychologists a rich and very relevant context in which to examine children's and adolescents' applied cognitive development.

Publication types

  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Behavioral Research
  • Child
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Play and Playthings
  • Programmed Instructions as Topic*
  • Psychology, Child / methods*
  • Video Games / psychology*