Researchers from Georgia State University – USA recently published a new study in Neuroimage on the benefits of playing games for humans.
According to the authors, who used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) in the study, these findings suggest that video games can be a useful tool for training decision-making about sense.
Study leader Mukesh Dhamala, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University and the school’s Institute of Neuroscience, said: “The majority of young people play video games for more than three hours a week. beneficial for decision making and better brain functioning.”
Dhamala said. “Once the brain networks involved are identified, video games can be effectively used for example training, decision-making effectiveness training, and therapeutic interventions.”
Dhamala, an advisor to the paper’s lead author, provided a personal example of how such research could inform the use of video games for brain training.
Jordan, who receives a PhD in physics and astronomy from Georgia State University in 2021, says he plays video games as part of research aimed at “enhancing eyesight for weak eyes.” Jordan credits gaming for helping him build strong life skills. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The research project in Georgia involved 47 college-age people, 28 of whom were classified as regular video game players and 19 as non-gamers.
Subjects were placed in a mirrored MRI machine and shown a signal followed by a moving point display. Participants were asked to press a button with their right or left hand to indicate the direction of the point’s movement, and if there was no movement in the direction, neither button was pressed.
According to research results, people who play video games respond faster and more accurately. Analysis of the results of FMRI brain scans showed that these differences were linked to increased activity in certain parts of the brain.
These results suggest that playing video games can enhance several sub-processes of sensory, cognitive, and action mapping to improve decision making. These findings begin to shed light on how playing video games alters the brain to improve task performance and how they contribute to increased impact on specific activities.”
Now you can safely play the game. But you should play the game in moderation!
Have fun playing the game!