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’.


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