I bet you have heard about these so-called brain games (luminosity for example) and wondered if these things enhance your brain and cognitive ability.
I am inclined to say that they don’t give you the desired results because of the so-called “file drawer effect”: studies revealing brain games positive effects on cognitive abilities have higher chances to be published rather than those with negligible results, misleading the overall picture of the situation, so take of that what you will.
The Neuroscience Of Video Games
As you read in the title Video Games are being researched more and more, and the results we get are astonishing and at least for me great news since it justifies this guilty pleasure of mine.
We all know that board games like chess are beneficial.
- A few benefits of Chess:
- exercises both sides of the brain
- “Raises your IQ” (questionable IMO)
- Helps to prevent Alzheimer’s
- Increases problem-solving skills
- Teaches planning and foresight
- Improves Memory
Sadly, chess and the likes are not being played as much these days and the support of games like that became less as well. That might be because of their reputation that it is for nerds and only smart people play it but the same is aid about video games.
Anyway, lets focus on the video games and what the studies found out.
Video game experience leads gamers to possess perceptual and cognitive skills far beyond those observed in non-gamers.
Yep, you read that right. The thing most people in the self-improvement realm shit on is quite beneficial for you and your brain.
Games like Starcraft an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game enhances your cognitive flexibility (that is the ability to allocate the brain’s resources under changing circumstances).
Other studies show that FPS (first person shooters) enhance your grey matter, and they can alter the neural processes that underlie spatial selective attention, representing an effective training tool for improving a range of attentional and perceptual abilities.
That begs the question: How often and how long should you play these games to get the best result?