Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within days > 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: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within daysHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Sex Are you having the right amount of sex for your health? Medical SEE: How much liquid can a condom hold? Medical Should I tell my employer I have epilepsy? News QUIZ: Guess the people behind these medical discoveries? Lifestyle 7 reasons why too much salt is bad for you Lifestyle Can you really use coconut oil to treat acne? From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Fact or myth? » Clearing up the confusion around coconut oil Coconut – the 'fruit of life' Can coconut oil really help you lose weight? Experts dish on the high-cal weight-loss tactic. Sobering perks! » 5 tips to avoiding a hangover Can you really be allergic to alcohol? Is giving up booze for a month actually worth it? Many people commit to "Dry January" – but does it do your body any good?