Wednesday, November 06, 2013

We Continue To Game With The Brain


So not only are games making us smarter, they are making our brains larger. A recent study published in the journal for Molecular Psychiatry has drawn the conclusion that video games are physically changing our brains to make them larger and more adaptable to the increase use motor skills and cognitive reasoning. The research revolved around 23 adults over a period of 2 months to play Super Mario 64 for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, every day, for 2 months straight. When compared to the control group, the gamers had an increase in brain mass in the “gray matter” areas that focus on spatial awareness, strategic planning, memory, and motor skills.

While it’s great for gamers, this could help those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dyslexia, or simple hand-eye coordinating tasks, by allowing their brains to strengthen after gaming. What’s interesting is, well not only how small the study is, but if our brains are physically growing larger then what our heads can handle. Or while the “grey matter” areas are expanding, are other sections of the brain diminishing such as creativity? The articles I have found regarding this study don’t seem to provide much detail other then “our brains are growing!” but without seeing the negative effects or if the actual mass of the brain is pushing its limits. Still, it’s great to see the physical and literal mental impact gaming is having, for the better.

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