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Psych: Games Teach Kids Empathy

Edge Online Write: Certain groups enjoy making a controversy out of videogames, but one psychiatrist points out that games can help teach young gamers empathy, among other benefits.

In a press release plugging his new book, Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents, Chicago-based Dr. Kourosh Dini states, "Games have lots of benefits, which unfortunately, parents aren't always aware of when the only games they're exposed to are the controversial violent ones targeted to more mature players.

"Age appropriate multiplayer videogames can allow children to learn how other people think--a key aspect of empathy. Games can also help a child become more comfortable with new and ever-progressing technology."

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