Currently, video games are so popular that children, youth and young adults can enjoy them. Regarding the latter group, playing video games not only brings them fun, but also Benefits. A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has found that young adults who constantly play video games have better cognitive functions, and therefore better executive functioning.
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The study selected 38 college studentswhich were divided into two groups of 19 participants, the first group of experienced players who play frequently, on average, 11.15 hours per week and the second group of casual gamers, who on average play 1.5 hours per week. The performance of each group was compared with tests to measure the attention: alertness, orientation and executive control; decision making; stimulietc.
The results are clear and the results determine that the group of experienced players have an improvement in the levels of alertness with a higher performance accuracyand faster performance on tasks that require attention and inhibition controland a much better performance on a decision-making task. In addition to being faster and more accurate in tasks that require visual attention and vigilance.
Finally, according to the study, playing video games leads to a general and constant activation of alert levels that would support the activation of many systems such as the attention tol, mnemonic y motor. They also explained the group of casual gamers failed both in some tests because they are more cautious in decision-making than experienced players. Perhaps this is the beginning to develop new cognitive and executive training inspired by video games.
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