Games Make You Smrt

I found this article on Huffpo earlier today and I thought I’d share.

I’m working on my BS in psych, and I’m hoping to soon move on to grad school (and eventually this kind of researching)

It’s just nice to see games get positive scientific press. There have been plenty of (awful and flawed) studies covering how aggressive video games will make a person, but few studies have been completed covering the beneficial aspects of video games.

One such study used how aggressive children were when playing street hockey after playing video games without consideration to the fact that street hockey in and of itself would cause aggressive tendencies. I was flabbergasted.

The article covers a few different studies, but I found two of them especially interesting.:

· -A study has linked playing Super Mario 64 with an increased amount of gray matter in the “areas of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills in the hands.”

· -Another study compared performance scores after playing Starcraft vs the Sims. Starcraft players “experienced gains in their performance on psychological tests, completing cognitive flexibility tasks with greater speed and accuracy.”

I digress. I’m just stoked that someone’s out there trying to give video games the props they deserve.