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Life Lessons: Fighting zombies to boost kids' IQ

Parents, there may be reason not to worry so much about the amount of time your kids are spending on video games. New ones are being designed to make them smarter, like the one you’re about to see that fights zombies!

When Fiona Conrad, 11, isn’t making music, she’s fighting zombies.

But it’s not just child’s play. Conrad says this video game called project Azriel has made her smarter.

“When I took the IQ test I was 97, and then I took the IQ test again and I was 102,” Conrad shared.

“We’re trying to entra-train you instead of entertain you,” explained Deanna Terzian, Curriculaworks president.

Terzian and her team have worked for six years with the office of naval research to develop the game. It focuses on fluid intelligence or the ability to solve problems. And one measure of fluid intelligence is your IQ.

“If you could get your child to play this game some of the time then that means some of the time that they’re doing something for fun they’re actually training their brain," Terzian said. “You have to match patterns for you to be able to actually shoot the zombies.”

One study showed those who played for 16 hours during a month improved five points on average in their matrix reasoning score.

“Today’s world is so much more complex than before. Students are expected, people, adults, children are expected to learn more in less time,” Terzian shared.

And now, even the undead can improve your child’s intelligence!

Project Azriel is available online. It can cost anywhere from $19 to $70. They expect 2018 sales to reach $1 million.


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