Guitar Hero 101: NYU to Offer Course in Rocking Out

"Video games are an understudied area," says one prof

By Victoria Cavaliere
|  Monday, Aug 31, 2009  |  Updated 4:33 AM PDT
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Guitar Hero 101: NYU to Offer Course in Rocking Out

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There's a new Guitar Hero in town, and his name is Danny Johnson.

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Apparently, New York University is turning into the School of Rock, and this semester, you are expected to ace your "Guitar Hero" class.

NYU students, who shell out $50,000 a year for their first rate education, can (really) enroll in Professor Gary Marcus' is class "Guitar Heroes (and Heroines): Music, Video Games and the Nature of Human Cognition," the New York Post reports.

"Video games are an understudied area," said Marcus, a psychology professor.  "People dismiss them unfairly, but 'Guitar Hero' is a good tool for teaching and I'm interested in the nature of learning."

The course will tackle the finer points of video games and human cognition and it already has a waiting list.

Not a video game fan?  There's also "The Poetics of Television" and a see-and-do class called  "Can Exercise Change Your Brain?"

The premise? Students attend an hour-long high-impact aerobics class every session. The sweaty students then sit through a lecture on how exercise enhances cognitive performance.

Some parents aren't buying it.

"I just wrote a big check here," fumed Glen Jackson, whose son, Jeff, is an incoming freshman at NYU. "I'm not paying for him to study video games. It seems a bit watered down."
 

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