There is a lot of debate regarding whether video games are beneficial to us or not. Some of them would suggest that violent video games promote aggressive behavior. On the other hand, there are those who state that playing video games is most beneficial to or mental health. Video games can improve memory by challenging brain areas associated with advanced spatial recognition, long-term memory, and complex learning.
It’s of little wonder that 3-D games, more specifically games which are focused on character creation and world immersion, can help keep those little gray cells alive and kicking. The new study highlighting the benefits of playing 3-D games has been performed by a team of scientists from the University of California Irvine. Although not being the first one to plead in the favor of playing games, the study comes nonetheless to stress out how the health benefits of immersing in another world.
Scientist discovered that people who play video games on a regular basis have increased hand-eye coordination and better reflexes. The study performed at the University of California Irvine proved that the areas responsible for memory formation were 12 percent more developed in the patients who engaged in video games.
This assessment may yet hold the key to developing new responsive therapies, which could be capable of keeping Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia at bay. The research group who conducted this experiment said that that most video games challenge a brain area called the hippocampus.
Traditionally, the hippocampal are is associated with long- and short- term memory, advanced learning techniques and spatial positioning. Naturally, video games which are based on logical puzzles can help us to increase the efficiency on information processing in these brain areas.
In order to verify the validity of their claims, the team of scientists enrolled over 30000 students in this project. After a period of two weeks, after the students engaged in several gaming activities, they were asked to complete a set of tests which are designed in order to ascertain certain aspects regarding the hippocampal brain area.
The team also notes that there is a significant difference between playing 3-D and 2-D video games, although they cannot state for sure what this dichotomy entails. The team explains that this difference arises when different parts of the brain are stimulated. It could very well be that exploring a 3-D environment is more challenging in terms of brain processes than a conventional 2-D maze.
The study has been published in the Journal of Neurosciences on the 9th of December, stating clearly that there are any number of benefits for playing video games. This process enhances our long-term memory, increases the reflex rate and hand-to-eye coordination.