Are you a Video Game addict? Do video games have any effect on our Brains and Behavior?

Video games are gaining popularity every passing day and adults are increasingly enjoying it. It’s the favourite time pass of many. The average age of gamers is increasing. It was estimated to be 35 years in 2016. This is the result of advancement in technology.

Every now and then scientists have been collecting and summarizing studies on how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Recent research suggests that playing video games can alter the brain regions responsible for concentration and visuospatial skills. Visuospatial skill is the ability to represent, analyze, and mentally manipulate objects and make them more proficient. The researchers also examined the brain regions linked with the reward system, and their relation to video game addiction.

Games Like Pokémon Activate The Brain In Childhood

Researchers from Stanford University in California have discovered that playing video games, like Pokémon, in childhood activates certain parts of the brain. A recent study used Pokémon to notify neuroscience.

Pokémon, also known as Pocket Monsters is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. It’s creation by Satoshi Tajiri , a Japanese video game designer, dates back to 1995. It includes fictional characters called “Pokémon.”

Battles form the main theme of the Pokémon games, in which players have to reach certain goals in the game. Those playing the game have to catch and train these creatures to fight with each other. They receive rewards when battles are won or new characters are added to the in-game encyclopedia. Five year old kids did like playing Pokémon in the 1990s. Over the years most of them have continued playing the latest editions of the game.

Discoveries Made By Researchers

Psychologists at Stanford University found that repetitions of visual stimuli in younger days, along with the amount of time spent in front of the monitor, triggers specific areas of the brain. The journal, Nature Human Behavior, published their findings. The results of their study also give some insight about queries relating to our visual structure.

Jesse Gomez, former Stanford University graduate student and first study author, says, “It’s been an open question in the field why we have brain regions that respond to words and faces but not to, say, cars.”  He adds that, “It’s also been a mystery why they appear in the same place in everyone’s brain”.

Video Games Can Affect Our Health And EMOtions 

All through the years, the media has publicized certain reports about video games and their effects on our health and happiness. Marc Palaus, first author on the review, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, stated that, “Moreover, gaming is a popular activity, so everyone seems to have strong opinions on the topic”.

Of course, every action does have its positive and negative sides. Though some studies have shown certain video games can enhance hand and eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and the mind’s capability to process information, too much video gaming may be disastrous. So getting enough physical exercise should not be forgotten.