How video gaming positively affects the adult brain

A study has revealed that playing video games causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning, as well as fine motor skills.

The study was conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus.

In order to investigate how video games affect the brain, the scientists in Berlin asked adults to play the video game Super Mario 64 over a period of two months for 30 minutes a day.

A control group did not play video games. Brain volume was quantified using MRI – and in comparison to the control group, the video gaming group showed increases of grey matter, in which the cell bodies of the nerve cells of the brain are situated.

Pippa Hudson spoke with video gaming expert Nick Cowen to understand more about the industry.

The video gaming industry is huge. It generates more money for the developers than the movie industry and the music industry combined.

Nick Cowen, video gaming expert

According to Cowen, the profile of the average gamer has changed dramatically in recent years, in part, because of the rise of smartphone technology.

He says the median age of gamers is between 27 and 32 years and finds that there is an increasing number of women gamers.

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:


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