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The Surprising Benefits of Gaming

The Surprising Benefits of Gaming

Are video games good or bad for you?

Short answer: yes, if you are using them strategically.

  • Video games improve our memory and visual navigational system
  • Video games help improve our problem-solving ability
  • Video games can help reduce cognitive decline that happens naturally as we age
  • Gamers are better at allocating attention
  • Video games might be able to help conditions like anxiety and depression

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A gamer's brain

A gamer's brain

A 2015 study from the University of California compared gamers versus non-gamers.

EXPERIMENT 1

People who played 3D games performed better at memory tasks than people who played 2D games like Angry Birds and people who didn't ply any games at all.

EXPERIMENT 2

They also took a group of non-gamers and placed them into 3 groups.

The first group played Super Mario 64, a 3D game.

The second group played Angry Birds, a 2D game.

The third group didn't play any games at all.

Those who practices 3D games for 30 minutes per day had improved performance on certain memory tasks.

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Video games help improve our problem-solving ability

Video games help improve our problem-solving ability

A 2013 longitudinal study revealed that people who played strategic video games had better problem-solving skills which also correlated with improved grades in school.

Gamers are better at allocating attention

Dr. Daphne Beverly ran a functional MRI study into the mechanism that controls attentional allocation & this resulted in improved & efficient performance in people who play games.

Neuro-simulations showed that people who played video games were better at collecting visual & auditory stimuli to be able to make decisions more effectively &ย efficiently.

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Video games can help reduce cognitive decline that happens naturally as we age

A study from the University of Montrรฉal reveals this.

They split up adults between the ages of 55 and 75 into 3 groups.

Group 1 was trained on video games like Super Mario 64.

Group 2 had piano lessons.

Group 3 had nothing.

The study found that an increase in brain matter within the hippocampus was significant only in the gaming group.

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Video games might be able to help conditions like anxiety and depression

A study from New Zealand used a specially designed game called Sparks to help teenagers dealing with depression.

They found that the remission rate was significantly higher in the Sparks arm, 43,7% than in the 'treatment as usual arm' 26,7.

Translation Teenagers who played video games were significantly more likely to have their depression cured.

CAVEATS

Playing video games excessively is probably bad for your social life.

Like any other excessive habit, dooh!

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Gaming can improve social life

Gaming can improve social life

A 2017 UK study showed that a sample of 708 people who played Massively Multiplayer Online Games like World of Warcraft, found various psycho-social benefits like increased self-esteem and social competence.

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I write, design, I edit videos + some other experiments ๐Ÿงช :. on refactored perception + trying to improve cognition using info clusters & visuals ~

Some ideas highlighting the fine line between the brain of a gamer vs. the one of a non-gamer. I have also created a video on this: Speed & Agility - The Key to Getting More Done https://youtu.be/OtpIdRNUMKM

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