Can Playing Games Make You Smarter?

Everyone has heard the old chestnut that video games are a bad influence on children and teenagers.

Most parents try to protect their kids from such kind of activity. But scientists say video games can make us smarter. Let’s find out the truth based on recent researches.

Playing online games can make you prepared for University

A research carried out by the University of Glasgow showed that playing video and online games helps teenagers develop skills necessary for study at university, such as good communication skills, problem solving, adaptability and creativity. Modern games often require completing different tasks and coping with various problems. Thus, such games develop reflecting learning and critical thinking what is really important for graduates.

The games used for the experiment of University of Glasgow were not educational, but rather entertaining. The study was conveyed on not a big group of students, but still those students who played games, showed twice more resourcefulness skills, than those students who were not gamers.

Online games improve spatial, logical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and bodily-kinesthetic intelligence

An average gamer develops his ability to think in three dimensions. As neuroscientist Howard Gardner stated, such ability is called spatial intelligence. Thus, gamers exceed other people in mental imagery, spatial reasoning and image manipulation.

Another research showed that online gamers are much better in distinguishing colours and treading though small details, as Dr Daphne Bavelier, a neuroscientist from Geneva stated.

All these features are being developed thanks to video games, which require gamers to navigate in unknown worlds very smartly.

Moreover, Dr Bavelier tested the gamers’ ability of resolving problems. The test showed that the gamers can resolve different conflicts much faster than other people; they show better deductive, inductive and abstract thinking.

Video games are also often used by military and medical schools and academies for recreational purposes. That way they develop the physical abilities and dexterity of their personnel. Before sending their soldiers and physicians to real world, the academies and schools create such a sort of training with the help of video games, making them face virtual enemies first.

Along with all that, despite of being too violent sometimes, online games help improve your interpersonal intelligence. With their help players become aware of their feelings, thoughts and even motivations. People learn how to make right decisions.

The brain function improvement depends on the type of the game

Modern games are represented in the widest variety and might have different influence on people’s behaviour and brain function. The so-called “brain games” increase mental fitness. Other games help solve real-life problems and the rest of them are created simply for entertainment.

Thus, action games improve brain processing, attention skills and cognitive abilities, as Drs. R. Seitz and C. Shawn Green Aaron state in their article called The Impacts of Video Games on Cognition.

For example, such games as video poker and puzzles improve brain function. Games requiring role-playing improve reasoning, logic, strategy and problem-solving. Real-time strategy games improve prioritization, planning and multitasking.

Regardless the game you choose, remember to strike the right balance not to become game addicted.