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Video games can make kids smarter ­— but not how you think

Your kids are pros at fighting Fortnite zombies. Question is: What’s happening to their brains in real life? While some critics slam video games for turning young minds to mush, technology optimists promote some games as IQ-boosting silver bullets. The truth is complicated, according to researchers at the University of Oxford. In their recently published analysis of studies about kids and screen time, they uncovered a host of contradictory conclusions about how gaming affects happiness, academic performance and well-being. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, editor in chief of JAMA Pediatrics and director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, wasn’t involved in the new analysis b ...