Video Games Enhance Brain’s Visual and Attention Aspects, says Study

Published By : 26 Jun 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A recent study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, has detected that video games shape brain and behavior, particularly those pertaining to visual skills. Scientists also have also noted that reward system in video games affects certain specific parts of the brain, and aids in video game addiction.

Average Age of Gamers Escalating

Considered a thing for teenagers until past decade, video games has gained considerable popularity among the adults in the recent past, and the average age of gamers has now been estimated to be 35, in 2016. Much of this is a reflection of changing technology and ubiquity of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic gadgets. Video games are gaining popularity as a form of entertainment-on-the-go.

Video Games Helps Increase Partial Attention Ability

For this study, findings of previous 116 scientific studies were undertaken, including 22 studies that analyzed structural changes in the brain and 100 that had studied the changes in brain functioning or behavior as a result of video games. The study observed that video games helps the games to enhance their ability for sustained attention as well as selective or partial attention. The part of the brain that involves attention requires less activation for those who play video games regularly, helping them perform other daily-life demanding tasks efficiently.

Evidence found also strongly suggested that video games increase the size of brain regions that relate with visuospatial skills. For instance, the right hippocampus expanded in both volunteers as well as long-term games, as a result of a video game training program during the study.

Called as “internet gaming disorder,” researchers also found that video games are addictive because of reward system, which leads to functional and structural changes in the neural section. 

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