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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 Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

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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