How can video games affect the brain?


Applied Social Psychology (ASP)

There are over 1.2 billion video-game players in the world. Video games can cause violence in behavior and addiction. Psychologists split over whether video games can make you violent based on different skills: motor skill, visual abilities and brain growth. Some studies imply that video games helps our brain growth and some studies imply that video games cause brain deterioration. I personally believe that video games cause brain deterioration especially violent video games. How can your brain learn something if you are not learning something. Our brain is the life of our bodies. Just like they say in the hospital, when you are brain dead you are dead. According to a study by K. Thomas and D.A. Gentile individuals playing a high-violence video game showed lower activity (measured via signals from MRI) in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex, whereas players used to low-violence video games displayed higher activity in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex. Games who play violence games may be desensitized to aggression and violence. This is just one of the many studies that have been conducted that have shown appreciation in the relationship between the brain and video games.


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