Contrary to some beliefs that video games can deteriorate brain performance, a recent study shows that this modern activity actually enhances brain function in some fields and areas. Playing video games also adds mass to our grey matter in parts assigned for fine motor skills, memory formation and planning strategies. Further, it can be used as therapies in some conditions caused by brain injury or trauma.
Video games help accumulate brain mass and enhance visual attention. Playing strategic games such as Super Mario 64 or Red Alert enhances strategic and organizational skills of the player. In the study of Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus, they found that individuals who constantly play video games such as the two aforementioned games have increased their grey matter in hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. These two are areas are designated for organizing, storing memories, decision-making, problem solving, and voluntary muscle movement.
Furthermore, players are found to excel in focusing on visual information. They enhance their visual attention by concentrating on relevant visual data and controlling unimportant ones. Hence, action games give off great help for patients who are under therapies for under some conditions of visual impairment.
Video games invert the side effects of aging. Who says that only the young and vibrant can play video games? In one of the experiments with 60 to 85 year old participants, it has been revealed that video games can actually improve their cognitive, memory and attention functions. Such developments aren’t only beneficial but stable as well.