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Game On — Can Video Games Make Your Brain Level Up?

Game On — Can Video Games Make Your Brain Level Up? | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Recent studies have shown that video games might actually be good for your brain, leading to increases in grey matter in regions involved in co-ordination, decision making and memory.

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How video gaming can be beneficial for the brain

How video gaming can be beneficial for the brain | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. This has been shown in a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus. The positive effects of video gaming may also prove relevant in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders.

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Natalia Zhukova's curator insight, November 24, 2013 3:49 AM

I used to think video gaming could only destroy your sense of reality, develop isolation from society, alienation, even depersonalization and loss of identity in which the real self is replaced by virtual, emotions are inhibited and finally you end up with psychiatric disorders. This article changes my approach.

 

Alex Simon's curator insight, December 8, 2013 4:41 PM

i totally agree with this article. i think its really cool someone researched this and found this cool information.

Ella Cooper's curator insight, May 1, 2014 8:11 AM

Thought provoking study that has found a casual link between video gaming and volumetric brain increase. The possibilities for advancements in video gaming therapy for brain disorders could be close with future research. 

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'World of Warcraft' boosts seniors' brainpower: study

'World of Warcraft' boosts seniors' brainpower: study | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
"People who played ‘World of Warcraft' versus those who did not play experienced an increase in cognitive ability, particularly older adults who performed very poorly in our first testing session," the study's co-author, Dr. Jason Allaire, said in a telephone interview.

 

In the study, Allaire and his co-authors, Dr. Anne McLaughlin and PhD student Laura Whitlock, first tested the cognitive abilities of adults aged 60 to 77 to set a baseline. The experimental group played "WoW" for about 14 hours on their home computers, while the control group didn't play at all.

 

Allaire said the group that played the game showed "statistically significant" improvement in their cognitive abilities.

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Kids and Video Games - The Positive Side of Gaming

Obviously there is a strong case for not allowing your child to play adult-themed games such as the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and no parent wants their child to turn into a video game addict, incapable of separating reality from fantasy. However, ruling out video games completely from your child's cultural diet can do more harm than good. And here's why.

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Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control

Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Scientists at UC San Francisco are reporting that they have found a way to reverse some of the negative effects of aging on the brain, using a video game designed to improve cognitive control.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 11, 2014 10:27 AM

Again another good use case being developed for the elderly, and video gaming.  Now if I could only get pops (he's 75) to play Call of Duty with me and the nephews.

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Neurocomic takes readers on an adventure in the brain – video

"Artist Matteo Farinella and neuroscientist Hana Ros of University College London collaborated to create a graphic novel called Neurocomic about a hapless character who is sucked into a human brain where he encounters bizarre creatures and famous neuroscientists. The objective is to introduce the neurochemical workings of the brain to a wider audience, so entertainment, storytelling and clever metaphors are just as important to the enterprise as the science"

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Is Angry Birds Keeping Your Brain Healthy? [STUDY]

Is Angry Birds Keeping Your Brain Healthy? [STUDY] | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

A new study from the Archives of Neurology says playing brain stimulating games can improve your memory and delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Traditional brain games are scientifically designed to boost cognitive activity and enhance memory.

 

But scientist are finding that many games requiring focus — including Angry Birds — give the brain a healthy workout. Scientists say playing games, reading and writing all slow the growth of amyloid, the brain protein scientists think might cause the memory loss disease.

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NFL Star BenJarvus Green-Ellis Will Wear Revolutionary Impact Indicator in Super Bowl XLVI to Identify Potential Concussions

NFL Star BenJarvus Green-Ellis Will Wear Revolutionary Impact Indicator in Super Bowl XLVI to Identify Potential Concussions | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis understands how quickly a career can end if multiple concussions go undiagnosed and sees the Indicator as a way to extend his career. The Impact Indicator is a revolutionary chinstrap built with micro-sensor technology designed to help detect the probability of concussions.

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