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How computer games change the human brain

There are many aspects that are affected by the regular play of computer games. Among them, for example, creativity and the skill of understanding oneself. More on this below.

  1. Games improve brain function… True, only certain game projects. In general, this assumption belongs to Daphne Bavelier, professor at the Department of Psychology and Education at the University of Geneva and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. But this applies only to action games, shooters (“shooters”), real-time strategies. Thanks to them, the players improved their reaction speed, the ability to work in multitasking mode. Moreover, this effect was noticeable within two weeks.

But, according to the author of the article, not all games can be called useful. Likewise, psychologist Craig Anderso, author of a book on the impact of play on children and adolescents, believes. However, when examining scientific research related to games, it is important to consider all existing ones, and not just any one. Moreover, the scientists themselves formulate their conclusions on this matter rather carefully, since there are many factors and parameters to be studied for an unambiguous assessment. At the same time, according to researchers, games can have a significant impact on a person in terms of motivating him to develop emotionally, socially and cognitively.

  1. Games make it kinder… In the United States, after prisoners were given the opportunity to play the console, the number of crimes in prisons decreased. True, at the same time, the criminals were also given more visits and were given ice cream. In addition, the researchers found that video games promote empathy in people, and they can also help strengthen social bonds.
  1. Games let you explore yourself… In fact, the playing style reflects the person himself. The research center GAMR (Game and Mind Research) is studying this issue. Scientists collect information about players in League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline and study their psychological characteristics and mental abilities. For example, now, according to the manner of play, a lot can be said about the learning style that the gamer prefers: strategy lovers think over everything and think globally, action games – actively study something, puzzles – gradually learn new things.


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