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.
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