Have you ever wished that you inherited that special finishing move in a video game? The ability to fly or to have laser vision like superman in Injustice 2… Well now you can! Sort of.
In today’s article I am going to examine and explore the idea of how playing video games can affect your brain. You will see what I have to say, what the scientific researchers have to say and what you guys have to say… unless you can mind read, then in that case I hope you enjoyed this article 🙂
Gaming and Me – How it has helped shape my life
Now I’ve been a gamer for about fifteen years predominantly most my life and what I can say is that in terms of brain development, it has changed me.
Mentally gaming has given me a place where I can escape reality and let me be that powerful being that I can’t always be in real life. It taught me that you can turn every challenge into an opportunity and that opportunity can be the drive needed to get me through a real life situation. I feel like that’s where I inherited my competitiveness and passion for everything I seek to achieve in my life.
Playing video games have also broadened my imagination allowing me to dream big and write big things. I believe that imagination has helped me to better communicate with you guy’s and surrounding people. My thoughts are that playing games allows you to keep your mind open to different idea’s and perspectives, why allowing yourself to make your own mind up based off what you see and hear. This can then transfer onto how you interact and view the world around you.
Video games are not just entertainment they contain stories, stories which can teach you moral life lessons. They aim to bring an emotional response from the crowd and make you feel connected to the characters and the troubles that they combat in their lives, as some of it can directly relate to yours.
I remember when I played “The Last Of Us” for the first time, it is perhaps one of my favourite games of all time. The way Joel lost his daughter in the first opening minutes made it believable and heartbreaking. You didn’t feel like he was a super hero bad ass that gave you unlimited power, he was just a man. A human being and like you and me, contains the human spirit which turned him into a super hero with super powers and the will to live.
What The Researchers Say – An Expert’s Opinion
Although much research is still needed to determine what playing video games does to a users brain, scientists suggest there is a causal link between perception and cognitive processes.
In a study by Daphne Bavelier & C. Shawn Green in 2011 these processes where put to the test to see if they had any beneficial effect. They had participants play various ‘action’ games such as ‘Unreal Tournament’ where combat was specifically face-paced and high octane. They discovered that playing these type of games resulted in heightened behavioral benefits such as vision-attention, increased reflexes and perpetual skills. Meaning people who play video games regularly have been found to be better in these areas’s compared to some people who may not play video games on a regular basis.
This research has led to being able to improve the visual skills of individuals who suffer from “amblyopia” which in other terms is known as “lazy eye”. Helping individuals achieve improvements through regular rehabilitative practice. It was also mentioned that specific training was used to help increase the hand-eye coordination when helping train surgeons.
Research even in 2017 is very early with negative effects such as the link between video game addiction and some anti-social behaviors still not fully recognized as a psychiatric condition. Research reports suggesting that internet addiction may be instead linked to these anti-social behaviors. However, more solid evidence is needed for a greater understanding in the future.
You can out more about this article and study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p…
Above video by “AsapSCIENCE” on how video games can make you smart? Check it out for more scientific information.
Have Your Say – Do You Have Powers?
Now it’s your turn, do you have a story to tell? respond to my questions below or say how you feel in the comment section below, it’s totally up to you. I will be interested in reading your responses!
Do you play games?
How do you think video games effect someones brain?
Have video games benefited yours or someone you know’s life in anyway?
I’m off to enhance my cognitive skills now.
Hope to hear from you guy’s soon, and as always take care!:)