Video Games and the Brain

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine

In the last few decades there has been a rapid and profound change to the way people in industrialized countries interact with information and the world around them. We are now multi-media creatures. Children are more likely to spend time playing video games than playing ball.

It seems likely that this will have an effect on our brains, which is an adaptive organ especially when it comes to processing information. The question that has not yet been resolved definitively is whether or not these changes are a net positive or net negative.

A new study looking at the effect of playing video games on the gray matter of the brain suggests that the answer is – it depends. Prior research suggests that video-game players may derive a number of cognitive benefits from playing. The current researchers summarize these findings:

Action video game playing, in particular, has been shown to

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