THE LATEST DISCOVERIES, INVENTIONS AND SCIENCE NEWS THAT’S HELPING SHAPE THE WORLD OF TOMORROW.
Playing video games can improve brain function WELL, SOME ELEMENTS OF IT AT LEAST.
Gamers, you’ll love this one — a team of researchers trawled through 116 different scientific studies to find trends in brain structure, functionality and behaviour in gamers and discovered some good news. Turns out, gaming aids in sustained or selective attention in people, with long-term gamers requiring less effort to focus on demanding tasks. Gaming also makes the visuospatial centres of the brain, like the hippocampus, bigger and more efficient. Some studies have found that the right hippocampus can be enlarged in long-term gamers.
It’s not all sunshine and roses, however. A mental illness called ‘internet gaming disorder’ can set in with gamers — a form of addiction that leads to structural and functional changes in the brain similar to those seen in other addictions.