And your parents said playing games would make you dumb…
New research shows that people who play video games might be better at learning and making fast, correct decisions. Do you think it’s accurate?
Kim and Fon break it down.
“Video games are apparently better than their reputation.
Neuropsychologists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum let video gamers compete against non-gamers in a learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. Prof Dr Boris Suchan, Sabrina Schenk and Robert Lech report their findings in the journal Behavioural Brain Research.”*
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when I was a kid I wasn't allowed to play video games because my mom and dad said you can't do that it'll fry your brain well guess what you were wrong maybe according to some research that I found a group of neuropsychologists found a link between video game players and being better at learning things which sounds pretty cool this came from Universitat bottom and three specific researchers who found put their findings in the journal behavioral brain research so what they found was that gamers were better than non gamers in a competition for learning and during the test areas of their brain were lit up an MRI associated with learning as well this is kind of a weird methodology so please follow me what they did is they took 17 volunteers which to be fair this is a very small sample size so take take with that what you will they took 17 volunteers who played action based games on a computer at console for more than 15 hours a week so then there was also a group a control group of 17 volunteers who didn't play games at all on a regular basis and they were competing against each other on a weather prediction task what they would be given were three different cards that would indicate different kinds of weather be it warm or rain and they had to be they were told right away with feedback whether they were correct or incorrect and this could be very close to maybe in some specific examples the three cards would indicate 60% rain 40% Sun in this competition the gamers learned a lot better than the non gamers did on just just feedback and working off that so it showed that the gamers were able to analyze a situation quickly to generate new knowledge and to categorize facts especially in situations with high uncertainties meaning this is maybe a little bit of basis for you to tell your parents or significant other that playing games is good for you and that you are better at learning huh Vaughn do you follow yeah I like I'm trying really hard to convince everyone around me it's to be fair this is a small sample size it is you need a big sample size to have meaningful fats but it could mean a little pain in the right direction there maybe that's just what I want they definitely need to do a bigger study but now I I mean all of this actually makes sense none of that is surprising to me just you know being someone who plays video games I always feel like I'm a little quicker thinking and responding in the stimulation to the brain is it's like exercise yeah you know so you exercise your body exercise your brain to solve puzzles and you know there's there's a lot of skills involved in playing video games yeah I mean there's been other research that indicated that video games are good for teaching and analysis problem solving in some instances teamwork we're adults so maybe we're done forming our brains as of now and we're just playing for fun but I will say I know how to solve gate puzzles probably better than most people thanks to uncharted I don't know when that'll come up but it's there so yeah I think there's a lot to be desired in terms of concrete research in the specific study but there have been many studies that indicate there's more beneficial side effects to video games than one might think there's also the concept of flow which i've talked about a lot which does seem a lot more solid in its research so if any Oh game might not be as bad as the reputation they've garnered specifically what older generations may think just bring it up see if it flies I would do that if I were a kid at this point I wish I had this when I was a kid audience do you feel like you are better at solving problems and learning thanks to games please let us know below and please like and subscribe for more