But new research has shown that those hours spent playing video games may not actually have been rotting your brain, as your mom or dad warned. In fact, if you spent your childhood playing Sonic and Super Mario, you were secretly priming your memory for the rest of your life, the new study says.
How do video games affect your brain?
Video games can help the brain in a number of ways, such as enhanced visual perception, improved ability to switch between tasks, and better information processing.
Why is gaming bad for your brain?
Montreal researchers find 1st link between shooter games, loss of grey matter. Playing first-person shooter video games causes some users to lose grey matter in a part of their brain associated with the memory of past events and experiences, a new study by two Montreal researchers concludes.
What happens if you play video games for too long?
“Consequences of video game addiction can showcase in a number of ways, including wrist, neck and elbow pain, skin blisters, calluses and sleep disorders. Long-term addiction could lead to obesity, weakness or numbness in the hands (peripheral neuropathy) and even blood clots,” Dr. Moberg says.
Do gamers think faster?
The research, published in Current Biology, shows that action video game players developed a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them. Researchers also found that games can improve skills for everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading and navigating around town.