Effects of Video Games


An article by Adam Eichenbaum, Daphne Bavelier, and C. Shawn Green found that video games have a positive effect on perception, memory, attention, and decision making. There were two types of experiments, one where people who regularly play video games and those who don’t were tested and those who played video games tested better, and another where people wo don't regurally play video games were asked to start and another group was the control. The group that picked up playing video games also tested better than the other group. Within the article, they also talk about improving visual contrast and sensitivity, spatial attention, ability to track a moving object, ability to multi-task, mental flexibility, and job performance. It also resulted in the successful treatment of amblyopia, reduced impulsiveness, reduction in mental decline, and overcoming dyslexia.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has done reasearch on the topic of the effects of video games and has found multiple positive effects of playing video games. One effect has been the increased capacity to think three dimensionally; especially in the case for violent shooter video games. This same correlation hasn’t been found in other types of video games such as role-playing or puzzles. Playing video games also helps with problem solving skills, has lead to an increase in creativity, improved mood, and a decrease in anxiety. It has also been found that video games are an effective tool to learn resilience in the face of failure. Another concern has been that video games can be socially isolating and lead to poor social skills. They found that more than 70% of gamers play with friends and that there insanely popular multiplayer games that contain virtual social communities.