The Effects of Video Games on the Brain
by Louie Doverspike
Video games today make more money than Hollywood movies. As games have become increasingly mainstream, many people worry about the effects they might have on the brain. While more study is needed, scientists have a pretty good sense of the neurological impact of gaming.
Studies have shown that video game players have better hand-eye coordination and quicker reaction times.
Video game players have a heightened ability to handle distractions and process peripheral information. For example, video game players are faster than non-players at counting objects.
A study by the Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that video games may activate pleasure centers in male brains more easily than female.
Some studies have suggested that multiplayer video games aid people in collaborative problem-solving in real life.
While scientific studies have turned up wildly different results, there is now a general consensus that playing aggressive video games can increase aggression for a short period of time.