Video Games Level up Your College Brain
Published March 26th, 2019

Wait, wait, wait! Did I just read that right?! Video games boost brain power?!?

Why yes, you did. Did you know that playing video games can actually improve your brain power? It’s true! 

As stated from Psychology Today, A new study has found that video gaming can stimulate neurogenesis (growth of new neurons) and connectivity in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning, as well as, fine motor skills. 

Brain volume was quantified using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In comparison to a control group, the video gaming group showed increases of gray matter, which houses the cell bodies of nerve cells in the brain.

Neurogenesis and neuroplasticity improvements were observed in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum. These brain regions are involved in functions such as spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills of the hands. 

Increasingly, the level of connectivity between brain areas is being linked to higher intelligence and consciousness.

Video games have an appeal that crosses many demographic boundaries, such as age, gender, ethnicity, or educational attainment. They can be used to help set goals and rehearse working towards them, provide feedback, reinforcement, self-esteem, and maintain a record of behavioral change.

Regardless of what game you play, you will find that you have numerous problems to solve and strategies to think about. And all this thinking gets the clogs in your brain turning and whirring. The more you use your brain in these kinds of puzzle and strategy situations, you will find that thinking in this way starts to get easier. Eventually, you will become a super quick problem solver!

There are also plenty of games that give you the chance to improve your creativity. Take word games, for instance. If you start to regularly play word games, you will find that your range of vocabulary greatly expands. Plus, there are lots of games that can help you get your creative and artistic juices flowing, such as The Sims. When you play The Sims, you can build and design houses, which is a handy way to learn how colors and patterns go together.

Do you play games like Call of Duty? If so, you will probably use the online feature that gives you the chance to team up with other players around the world and join their campaigns. It’s not just Call of Duty that uses this function; quite a few shoot ‘em ups do too now. You will find that when you play these games with others, you will play it a lot differently to how you play it alone. That’s because you have to use all your teamwork skills! Studies show that gamers who regularly play with others in this way can give their teamwork skills a big boost, which will pay off in other areas of life.

Obviously being a college student you still need to find a balance between gaming, your school work, friends and family. Gaming can be highly addictive and you might find time slipping away faster than you would like. But as far as gaming being bad for you, I think we can put that rumor to rest!

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