Scientist Says Building Gundam Models Makes You Smarter

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Scientist Says Building Gundam Models Makes You Smarter

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A Neuroscience professor at Suwa Tokyo Science University has found that building lots of tiny plastic robots could make you a genius.

If you've ever stopped by my desk here at The Escapist HQ (or seen it in any of our Escapist Presents videos) you know this: I have a lot of little plastic robots cluttering up my desktop. And to be honest, I've always considered myself to be a pretty darn smart guy. I used to wonder if the two were related, and now I have incontrovertible proof that they are.

Well, it's like incontrovertible proof. It's science - that's the same thing, right?

Kikunori Shinohara, a professor in the Neuroscience department of Suwa Tokyo Science University, announced that building Gundam models (or Gunpla which is short for "Gundam plastic model") was healthy for the human brain. The act of putting the model together promotes blood circulation in the brain, said Shinohara-san, which lets it "concentrate better, react better and remember better."

It's true that there's a lot of concentration that goes into building these things. Professor Shinohara could well be right, in that they require very fine muscle control, focus, the ability to think in three dimensions, and a hell of a lot of patience when you can't complete that one goddamn kit because the screw you need is stripped and stuck halfway in and you can't do a goddamn thing with ... er, sorry, I got a bit sidetracked.

Of course, there's always the chance that this could be the Brain Training thing, where building Gundam models only makes your brain better at building Gundam models. But really, you'd think that a neuroscience professor would know what he was talking about, right?

Shinohara encouraged people of all ages to build models to promote brain health. Way ahead of you, dude. Way ahead of you.

(SPT Plan, via Gundam Planet. Thanks to Frank_Sinatra_ for the tip!)

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It would be nice if it were true, but it certainly does seem similar to the Brain Train argument.

Do you have to hand paint those Gundam models because that would absolutely seal the deal as a NEVER for me.

If not it might be fun and I like Gundam.

So all my Warhammer and Warmachine stuff makes my brain giant?

John, John, John...

No one thinks your stupid. You don't have to resort to chicainery like this to convince us you aren't.

Dyp100:
So all my Warhammer and Warmachine stuff makes my brain giant?

I would assume that since those don't profit Japan and the man making the statement, then no. Infact they probably make you dumber. Buy more Gundam models to counteract these stupid making gaijin models.

WE WANT MORE MONEY.

All those poor Asian kids in sweatshops assembling toys all day every day must be geniuses!

I wonder how much funding Kikunori Shinoharas' University received from a Gundam toy company prior to making this article.

Say John... What's your I.Q again?

...I mean, You'd probably be the best test subject for this kinda thing...

I'd say this means I'm smarter from all those WH40K models, but I doubt inhaling all those lead paint fumes are good for me. Or maybe that only affects the lungs. Awesome, I could become a genious at only the cost of my usless lu-*cough, weeze, cough, cough, hack, blood*

Woooo! Everything is looking good for me. I just got into these a while ago. Built Gundam Deathscythe (Gundam Wing W) on Monday and it looks sweet.

I shall be a genius in this world!

*collapses in a fit of evil laughter*

Sadly neuroscience is one of the most poorly understood sciences out there. Right up there with physics in close proximity to black holes.

I wonder if it matters if you do other model kits like cars or, Star Wars universe vehicles...I don't see why not, same basic principle

So the fact that I build mecha models frequently makes me a genius? Cool!

I didn't have to look at the author to know who wrote this article after I read the title.

snowman6251:
Do you have to hand paint those Gundam models because that would absolutely seal the deal as a NEVER for me.

If not it might be fun and I like Gundam.

You do get to paint them, but you can use air brushes and stuff like that to make it more fun. I've got a girly pink and white unicorn gundam on back order. Whoo!

Kushin:
Woooo! Everything is looking good for me. I just got into these a while ago. Built Gundam Deathscythe (Gundam Wing W) on Monday and it looks sweet.

I shall be a genius in this world!

*collapses in a fit of evil laughter*

Gundam Wing doesn't count. It has to be original generation or one of the movies that never came out in the US.

And bonus IQ if it's from 8th MS team.

So...it similarly applies to models not associated to Gundam, in that it helps you build models better? Couldn't the same be said about gaming, that gaming on a frequent basis over a specified extended period could make you better at gaming? Or that the production and consumption of sammiches over a similar increment of chronology makes one better at both the consumption and production of sammiches?

So what is it exactly that leads to this increase in brain performance? Is it simply because building models requires concentration, attention to detail, and fine motor control? What does that boil down to exactly... that exercising the brain increases brain performance? Surely we already knew that.

Maybe Gundam models just radiate cosmic brainpower waves.

TsunamiWombat:

Kushin:
Woooo! Everything is looking good for me. I just got into these a while ago. Built Gundam Deathscythe (Gundam Wing W) on Monday and it looks sweet.

I shall be a genius in this world!

*collapses in a fit of evil laughter*

Gundam Wing doesn't count. It has to be original generation or one of the movies that never came out in the US.

And bonus IQ if it's from 8th MS team.

CURSES! My plan has been foiled! Damn you meddling kids!

That's kinda cool. I love building those Gundams myself. I only own 16 at the moment and I hope to get more. Maybe after I've built the entire Universal Century set (which are my Favourites) I'll become the next Einstein... probably not but if it's like the whole Brain Training thing then that would be disappointing.

Regardless Gundam models are awesome and fun to build, the more parts the better! 1/60 scale are the best for that, bit pricy though.

Well, there's no doubt if you build models, you have a deeper understanding of various other things that most people wouldn't. Also teach some various important concepts like Patience, focus, etc etc. The bridging just needs to be worked on. Bridging those concepts, and skills, and heck this'd even work for the Brain Training game too, is the key. If you can bridge the skills from them to real problems, and stuff, it'll probably be better in the long run. Atleast that's what I think.

Again, is this really even news? Almost any activity that requires you to build something, using your spacial awareness and logic is blatantly going to lead to the creation of new neuron pathways and increase brain activity - this is old info.

The same can be said of Lego, Mechano, even a bloody Rubik's Cube: using your brain to solve puzzles means more neuron pathways which means more intelligence/greater ability at the specific activity.

Next they'll be telling us that the consumption of food is beneficial for the development of fecal matter.

Well people years ago in England and other places used to play with Mickado(not sure on spelling) toys a lot which they had to build. They used to put mistakes and omit pieces so people would have to use their initiative and sense to put together the model. Look what happens loads of brilliant engineers used to play with these toys with these purpose built defects.

I always loved building those things when I was a kid. Hell I didn't even care what series the suits were fun, just building them is fun :D

Especially when you finally finish that one damn kit thats been driving me crazy for weeks.

Uh... like mosst things that claim it makes you smarter, more likely, it makes you better at building models.

Sure, it might make the brain work harder, but lots of things do that.

Lisolet:

snowman6251:
Do you have to hand paint those Gundam models because that would absolutely seal the deal as a NEVER for me.

If not it might be fun and I like Gundam.

You do get to paint them, but you can use air brushes and stuff like that to make it more fun. I've got a girly pink and white unicorn gundam on back order. Whoo!

You say GET to paint them. I say HAVE to paint them. I don't like painting.

Wow. Makes me wish I had taken the time to build more! I can certainly see the logic behind the arguements thats for sure!

I'm not sure that it makes you smarter as it's just a symptom of smarter people. You don't exactly see the football team storming japan to hijack a shipment.

Screw the models. Lets make the real thing!

Of course it does, you learn how to make miniature robots and why plastic is a crap material when facing fire.

Konaerix:
Screw the models. Lets make the real thing!

I support this.

If that really is the case I must be the next Einstein, just as soon as I complete that damn Perfect Grade Wing Zero!

If this is true, I must go buy more Gundam models!

So, there IS a benefit to building models other than wasting your time! =O

Really, the same could be said for any activity which is suitably difficult as to require mental effort on your part to resolve. I imagine building models is particularly useful for the part of your brain that involves building things with your hands.

Hm, maybe I should shell out the bickies for those Kotobukiya super detailed Zoids kits after all... It's not like I don't drool over them already!

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