Do video games damage our brains?


If you play video games frequently, your brain changes – the more the so-called gray mass is present in the hippocampus of the brain, the healthier the organ of thought. The less they are present, the higher the risk of developing brain disease.

The League of Legends video game is a phenomenon:

The video game “League of Legends” is a phenomenon: around 100 million people in the world play it, regularly “LoL”, as connoisseurs say. The game, in which normally two teams of five members compete. The rules are complex and winning against other players requires strategic thinking.

Research confirms many positive effects:

The study published in mid-November 2017 from the University of York in England in the magazine Plos One. It’s unclear if the players have gotten smarter over the hours in front of the screen or if it just helps the smarter players in the league, says psychologist Alexander Wade:

We bet on the latter.

Computer games are a common pastime for young people today. Research on the effects of computer gaming is also flourishing and produces hundreds of studies each year. After all, they want to know how the brain and behavior are influenced by this mass phenomenon.

Contrary to popular belief, the results generally lead to computer games that improve the brain functions involved. It is clear that many games do not improve the whole IQ, but improve individual brain functions.

It was not until later that scientists showed the positive effects of play. Those who play regularly for an hour are better able to quickly understand situations, generate new knowledge and classify what they have learned into categories.

The reason is an increase in activity in the hippocampus, an important area for learning and which can be formed by computer game. But thanks to excessive play, on average fourteen hours a week, the so-called gray brain substance suffers in players – reduced in places. It is in the orbital frontal cortex, which belongs to the frontal lobe responsible for the upper tasks. The more his play was excessive, the greater the loss.

Only, what does this mean? The volume of gray matter in which nerve cells in the cortex are seated varies considerably over the course of life and depends on a number of factors – it is difficult to say whether a change is good or bad.

One thing is certain: if you spend a lot of time on screen, you don’t have enough time for something else. Neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier from the University of Geneva compares computer games to red wine:

It’s a shame in large quantities. He may even have had moderate health benefits.

Source by Bargau E Raul

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