Video Games and Cognition

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Researchers contradict the claims that video games helps to improve cognition of people engage into it!

It was noted in several scientific investigations and reports in news media and journals that video games of any kind stimulates the cognition of the person by improving the cognitive abilities providing the person with wide range of perceptual field. However, these claims were subjected to doubt. Researchers want to prove that the claims were untrue and not factual.

The claims on video games improving the cognition and perceptual abilities of the person were critically and crucially re-evaluated, analyzed, and studied by Walter Boot an assistant professor in Florida State University’s Department of Psychology. The findings of his research were published this week in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Boots collaborated in his research with Daniel Blakely an FSU psychology doctoral student and Daniel Simons, University of Illinois collaborator, to provide an argument that is convincing and accurate in details. Proving that the previous claims on video games effect of cognition is false. “Despite the hype, in reality there is little solid evidence that games enhance cognition at all.” Boot explained.               One main point coming from Boots and his co-authors is that there are many factors which affect the influential investigations in favour of the superior skills of action video gamers. They said the investigations have wide array of methodological errors. The investigations done to prove that video games enhance cognition were subjected to comparative analysis. There were two populations: one are those who played video games more frequently and the other group are those who does not play video games that much. It was noted that the cognitive skills of those who frequently played video games to non-gamers to be superior. Boot counters this by mentioning that there is no direct link between person playing video games and their cognition abilities, it is just that some of the video gamers already possesses these abilities and were just simply drawn o video games.

“The idea that video games could enhance cognition was exciting because it represented one of the few cases in which cognitive training enhanced abilities that weren’t directly practiced. But we found no benefits of video game training.” Not only did some of his studies fail to replicate previous findings, but “no study has yet met the ‘gold standard’ methods necessary in intervention studies of this sort.” Boot claimed.

“If people are playing games to improve their cognition, they may be wasting their time. Play games because you enjoy them, not because they could boost your brain power.” He added. Meanwhile, according to a report from the Washington Post, More than 70 percent of American teenage boys have played the violent and adult-rated Grand Theft Auto video game, and those teens are more likely to have been in a fight than those who have not played. Also, Playing violent video games can increase aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior, say researchers in the BBC News article, Video Games ‘Increase Aggression.’ They warn that violent video games may be more harmful than violent television or films because they are interactive, and require the player to identify with the aggressive character.

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