Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion 12 September 2017 How does playing video games affect our brains? How does playing video games affect our brains? Researchers who recently evaluated the results of 116 scientific studies on the subject found evidence for a variety of effects, including improvements in different kinds of attention, like selective attention and sustained attention. Video games can also increase the size and efficiency of parts of the brain associated with visuospatial skills, including the right hippocampus. On the downside, changes in the brain’s neural reward system have been linked to a type of addiction referred to as ‘internet gaming disorder’. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news News UP student wakes up from 11 week coma: ‘We’ve been surprised by how strong she is’ Parenting C-section rates have nearly doubled since 2000 News Most people can recognise about 5 000 faces News Are electric hand dryers better than paper towels? Sex Why do I get cramps after I orgasm? Diet and nutrition 5 reasons to love avocados From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Gut health » Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day. Sleep better » Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.