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TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

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.

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