Today, games are enjoyed by people of all gender and age. It would be tough for you to find someone who doesn’t play games. Whether they play games on their desktop computers, at the arcade, or on their smartphones, everyone has played something.
Because of people’s exposure to such activities, scientists have rallied together to find out how playing games affect the human brain. In other words, they’re wondering how playing games change people’s behavior, habits, and so on.
Here are three ways playing games affect our brains:
1. Ability to Interpret Visual Information
You reach out for stuff, turn left or right, and pay attention to different things around you. All of these actions fall under the category known as visuospatial skills. How do video games affect your visuospatial skills? That will depend on the type of game you play.
In general, games help enhance your visuospatial ability by training and enlarging certain parts of the brain responsible for said skill. As you know, the hippocampus is responsible for your ability to learn and remember. It also helps you feel and react to your surroundings. If you’re a big fan of problem-solving and logic games, then your hippocampus is going to grow.
On the other hand, fast-paced action games enlarge the caudate nucleus instead. Unfortunately, only one or the other can grow, so if you train your hippocampus, then your caudate nucleus is going to get smaller, and vice versa.
With that said, the smaller your hippocampus, the more prone you are to brain-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. Because of this, if you find yourself playing a lot of action games, be a little cautious.
2. Ability to Adapt to Situations
As a gamer, you know that the strategy you put out can change in an instant, forcing you to come up with a new one right away. This constant barrage of changing environments and elements of the game has trained gamers with such ability to apply to the real world. It has trained players to multitask, think quickly, and so much more.
3. Increased Attention Span
Playing video games affects your attention span positively. Compared to non-gamers, gamers have proven that they’re much better at showing sustained, divided, and selective attention. In other words, players can focus on one thing for a very long time and have no problem deciding which particular item they want to focus on.
Not every video game out there, however, is going to enhance your attention-paying skills as effectively as the other. If you love playing action games, then you’re getting the most effective treatment. On the other hand, if you love playing slow-paced games, like strategy games, you still get the benefit of trained attention, albeit much slower.
As you can see, there are plenty of benefits your brain can receive when you play videogames (minus the few issues we’ve mentioned). Of course, this isn’t an excuse for you to play all day and all night. In fact, all these benefits are only given to you if you play in moderation.
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