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Video games change your brain

The next time you tell your child to put away those video games, maybe you should think twice. New research shows that video games produce actual changes in the brain, and that they’re for the better.

The results are impressive. Avid gamers make decisions 25 times faster than others, and can pay attention to more than six things at once, compared to the normal four. Surprisingly, the more violent video games have the strongest positive effect on the brain.

Despite these benefits, there are still downsides to video games. In young men, playing violent video games for just a week depresses activity in the part of the brain associated with emotional control. Compulsive gaming has also been associated with being overweight, introverted, and prone to depression. No comparison has been made to determine if the benefits of gaming outweigh the negative effects.

 Read more at Fox News Latino.

About Cindy Tovar

Born in Flushing, Queens to Colombian parents, Cindy has always loved reading and writing. For this reason, she entered Montclair State University to pursue an English degree, but instead fell in love with and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. During her time at Montclair State, Cindy joined the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) on campus. She immediately felt comfortable surrounded by peers that shared both love and pride for the Latino culture, something she had never experienced before. She ultimately became president of LASO. Since then, Cindy has earned her M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College, and works as a bilingual Special Education preschool teacher in Brooklyn. Despite feeling exhausted by the time she reaches her New Jersey home, she still uses her spare time to write. Joining the Being Latino family is one of the best things that has happened to Cindy because it fulfills her in two ways: She can write to her heart’s content while reaching an engaging audience, and it helps her stay connected to her Latino culture. You can find more of Cindy’s writing on her personal blogs: Dagny’s Dichotomy, and Cindy’s Chronicles.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. gamecube!!! i remember those days………

  2. Oh that makes me feel better as I’m a total gamer chick :)

  3. I used to be good at video games, then I took an arrow to the knee.

  4. After playing hours and hours of Goldeneye: Reloaded, I’m convinced I’m Boricua James Bond.

  5. Good strategies on MW3! haha

  6. Battlefield 3 keeps my mind sharp… incase I ever need to go back to Colombia’s amazon jungle and kick some FARC butt!

  7. I knew all those years of Super Mario Bros. 3 would pay off!

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