As gamers, we’re pretty used to folks telling us that our favourite hobby rots our brains. Well, the good news is that SCIENCE™ is on our side, as a recent study suggests that games aren’t actually detrimental to our minds. It’s quite the opposite, in fact.
The study, named The Impacts of Video Games on Cognition (and How the Government Can Guide the Industry) was published in an online journal called Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. It details how games not only help us to think better, but help us to apply better cognitive skills in everyday life. Obviously, not all games provide the same benefit, but some notable titles including StarCraft II and Portal 2 are highlighted. The study shows that the former title increases cognitive flexibility while the latter helps people with problem-solving and reasoning skills. Curiously, the study also includes games like Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training and concludes that there is in fact no cognitive benefit from it and other related “brain-training” titles.
You can read the full text online, though be warned that it delves into highly technical territory.