Research Reveals Brain Changes in Video Game Players

Research Reveals Brain Changes in Video Game Players


Technology has shaped and have altered the human existence in many ways by making life easier and entertaining. Several inventions related to technology have been ground breaking, thus taking science and technology to new heights and presenting humans with new platforms to discover. One of the most creative technological discoveries till date is video games. Video present people with an alternative and augmented reality and helps them seek refuge from the surroundings. Recent studies have revealed that video games, as a technology, when comes in contact with the human eyes and brain leaves impact, both positive and negative on the human brain. 

Video games are the most common forms of entertainment these days and are increasingly enjoyed not only by children, but also adults since the onset of the high definition gaming console culture. With time, the average age of the gamers has been consecutively rising as it was estimated to have been 35 in 2016. Advancing and changing technology means that more people will be exposed to video games in the form of classic and high end versions. A recent study revealed that video games have an altering effect on the brain. 

What does the study reveal? 

Over the years, several claims have been made by media and health institutions that video games impact the happiness and health of human who play it on daily or alternate basis. Marc Palaus, the first author of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and his colleagues wanted to chart the trends concerning the impact of video games on the human brain’s activity and structure. The studies revealed that playing video games can alter the performance of the brain and the structure as well. It improves attention such as selective or sustained attention. Gamers have more efficient sustained attention. It further added that video games also increases the size and effectiveness of the regions of the brain related to visuospatial skills. However, video games can be addictive at the same time leading to “Internet gaming disorder.”