The Cognitive and Social Benefits of Second Life?

The cognitive benefits of video games
Posted by Tiffany O'Callaghan
Monday, January 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

...A study published this past September suggests that playing Tetris can make your brain more efficient. Some medical education programs are supplementing training with Second Life sessions. And, most recently, a review of previous research on video games published in Current Directions in Psychological Science finds that regularly playing video games not only improves your skill at those particular games, but may also improve your reaction time and accuracy on real-life tasks....

Can Video Games Save the World?
By Stephan Faris
Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

...When racists attacked a virtual Darfur refugee camp in 2006 in the online role-playing game Second Life, it caught the attention of KallfuNahuel Matador, a bald, blue-skinned avatar. "It was like somebody had thrown a virtual bomb," says Matador, a Canadian who asked to be referred to by his online name so as not to blend his real life with his second one. What he saw motivated him to organize a team of online superheroes to secure the camp, make patrols and recruit players to stop similar acts of vandalism....