So i guess if you wanna get smarter you better start playing “nitendo’s super mario”. Research carried out at the at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in 2013 showed that playing games increased the amount of grey matter in the brain, for those not so medically inclined it simply means gaming makes you smarter.
The researchers let adults play “Super Mario 64” for 30 minutes a day for the two-month study. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the structure of the players’ brains was measured and compared with that of participants who did not play during the same period. The more fun the participants had playing, the more the grey matter in the right hippocampus, the prefrontal cortex and parts of the cerebellum increased.
Andrew K. Przybylski from Oxford University wanted to know how video games affect psychosocial behaviour, so he carried out an experiment on children between the ages of 10 and 15 by asking them to write down daily how many hours they spent playing video games, after compiling the results he found out that those kids who play games to a moderate extent of “psychosocial adaptation.” In hia own words “Compared with nonplayers, children who typically invest less than one-third of their daily free time playing games showed higher levels of prosocial behavior and life satisfaction and lower levels of conduct problems, hyperactivity, peer problems, and emotional symptoms.”
That not all the research also suggests that siblings get along well when gaming, they also came out with one wierd conclusion that when brothers play violent video games together, they experience less sibling conflict, not to toot the horn but even mark zuckerburg said it that “I would never have become a programmer if I hadn’t loved video games as a child,” he said in a 2015 Q&A session. Yes i know that there are also many articles out there about the negative effect of games but i think the key here is moderation.
Let us know what you think about this and if you would begin letting your kids or siblings play more games from now on.