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Video Games Affect the Brain—for Better and Worse - Dana Foundation

Video Games Affect the Brain—for Better and Worse - Dana Foundation | Video Games : Violence or Virtue? | Scoop.it
Headlines about how video games affect the brain range from upbeat to dire. Psychologist Douglas A. Gentile asserts that although violent games in particular ca
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Describes that video games are not an either-or good or bad in the effects they cause. Describes how video games can teach children if designed well because of immediate feedback with rewards and punishments. Describes a study showing improved visual skills & surgical skills from playing video games. Describes a study where fMRI scans reveal decreased activity in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex when playing video games which could lead to a decreased ability to respond to violence. 

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The Effect of Video Games on the Brain | Serendip Studio

The Effect of Video Games on the Brain | Serendip Studio | Video Games : Violence or Virtue? | Scoop.it
Biology 202 2004 First Web Paper On Serendip
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Introduces observed behaviors after or during video game play. Describes a study done by Akio Mori observing the effects of video games on the brain. Findings from study show reduced Beta Waves. Describes physical effects people have when playing video games. Provides possible insights into increase physical arousal means when playing games. Disclaimers that findings have not found these effects to be long term.

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Effects of Video Games on the Brain

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Effects Of Video Games On The Brain. The effects of video games on the brain is a highly controversial topic, as both benefits and drawbacks have been found, depending on the content of the video games played.
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Outlines and describes found effects of video game exposure found in multiple psychological studies. Describes visual differences of the human's visual cortex after exposure to video games such as improved sensitivity to contrast during action video games and enchanced visual attention. Outlines different changes in human social behvior after video game use and describes such changes such as violent video games cause more violent behavior and cooperative team building video games improve collaberation skills. Describes increased dopamine levels in people durring play of violent video games and activity in  the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (associated with planning) and decreased activity in the anterior cingulated cortex and amygdala (associated with emotion). Describes changes in human motor skills after video game use such as enchanced motor cortex neural connections improving general motor skills and surgical skills.

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FAQs on Violent Video Games and Other Media Violence

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Contains a list of commonly asked questions on the topic of research into Video Games. Provides answers into author’s analysis report of psychological studies on media violence and aggression. Reports a relationship between visual media violence and increased aggression. Provides insight into recent research findings on media violence. Describes the difference between TV/film violence and Video Game Violence. Provides insight into the Availability Heuristic of the relationship of Video Game Violence and School Shootings. Provides insight into the question if “Video Games are bad for youth?”
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Violent video games : A Parenting Science guide

Violent video games : A Parenting Science guide | Video Games : Violence or Virtue? | Scoop.it
Are violent video games bad for kids? Parenting Science takes a critical look at the research.
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Provides a critical analysis of several accounts of Psychological research into violent video games and their effects. Provides examples of research done in psychology of the effects of violent video games and displays their findings, as well as the methods they used to test and measure the effects of video games. Discusses criticisms into the discussed studies and how they could be flawed to evaluate their validity. Provides a detailed examination into the fallacy “Do Violent Video Games cause Violence or are Violent Kids attracted to Violent Video Games?” Discusses the effects of video game addiction as a proved effect of video games.

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Negative Effects of Video Games

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Video games have been part and parcel of kids/teenage entertainment for several years, and though their popularity has shown fluctuating trends throughout, they continue to rule the markets.
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Provides a powerful insight into the negative effects of video games. Lists and describes physical health problems such as obesity, insomnia, and back pains as a result from playing video games. Lists and describes psychological problems such as social isolation, confusion on fiction and reality, and become aggressive. Lists and describes overall performance problems such as academic incompetence, hampered overall performance and productivity, adversely affect their ability to use time-management. Goes on to describe further negative effects of video games and the history of content control.

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The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games

The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games | Video Games : Violence or Virtue? | Scoop.it
Learn about the good and bad effects of video games according to research. See tips for parents on kids' video game playing.
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Provides insight into the effects of video games on children by highlighting key changes in their brain and behaviors. Outlines extensively and describes 'positive effects' of video games such as ability to follow instructions, problem solving and logic, hand-eye cordnation, planing and logistics, multitasking, quick thinking, strategy, situational awareness, reading and math skills, perseverence, pattern recognition, and other smaller cognative abilities. Describes in detail how video games can improve 'real world skills' such as intro to technology, playing with others, and positive learning additudes. Describes 'negative effects' of video games such as learned violent behavior, social isolation, maladaptive behaviors, and video game addiciton. Breifly outlines dangers in world wide web play. Cites another study's findings in the effects of video games.

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Action-Video-Game Experience Alters the Spatial Resolution of Vision

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Provides findings supporting the hypothesis that action video games improve Visual-Spatial skills of a human. Findings were discovered by testing action video game playing subjects against a control group of non-video game playing subjects in their ability to identify a target with distractions around it. Findings shown that people who played video games could identify targets at much smaller distances than the control group. Additionally it was discovered that if non-video game playing subjects were trained on an action-oriented video game, they would produce similar results that action video game playing subjects did. Therefor these findings conclude that there is a causative relationship between playing action video games and the improvement of the ability to identify targets at smaller distances with distractions. Findings on several similar studies mentioned in this study that video game players could also track more than one object easily, and as well as process briefly presented visual stimuli more efficiently.

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Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M International University | Video Games : Violence or Virtue? | Scoop.it
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Provides content of an interview with Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson. In the interview Dr. Ferguson talks about his study "Comfortably Numb or Just Yet Another Movie? Media Violence Exposure Does Not Reduce Viewer Empathy for Victims of Real Violence Among Primarily Hispanic Viewers". The study examined the effects on empathy of participants watching a series of televised violence and violent programing. Study reveals no effects on empathy after viewing violent programing. Reveals a critical analysis of methods of testing agression and empathy after media exposure.

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