According to a recent study, playing video games can improve decision-making skills and speed as well as the integration of certain brain functions, such sensory and motor functions. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was employed by the researchers to examine the differences between the brains of gamers and non-gamers while tasks were being carried out.
Electronic games require players to respond quickly to a variety of stimuli and perceive information, which may account for their more sophisticated skill sets. Participants in the study were required to complete activities during which their decision-making, reaction speed, and brain activity were imaged.
People were classified as gamers for the study if they played 5 hours or more per week, and non-gamers if they didn’t. 28 of the 47 participants played video games, while 19 did not. The players appeared to prevail as a result of their superior decision-making abilities, quicker reaction times, and altered brain activity.
In this instance, the activity of brain areas involved in cognitive and sensorimotor processing—regions connected to mental function and the capacity to link sensory data with motor processes, respectively—was assessed. After determining the pertinent brain networks, the researchers are certain that electronic games can be utilized to train decision-making effectiveness and in therapeutic interventions.
Even our brain’s sub processes for feeling, perception, and action mapping, which can enhance our ability to make decisions, get better when we play. The scientists claim that the study is starting to clarify how games affect the brain to enhance task performance and its implications for boosting task-specific activity.
The study’s author, Tim Jordan, was legally blind in one eye but showed improved visual processing after taking part in a study where he had to play games while his other eye was covered. This is one of the study’s most practical applications, according to researchers, who think video games can help young people regain their sight.