New Study Shows Children Who Play Video Games Develop Better Impulse Control and Memory

Some parents worry about the negative impact video games could have on their children, but gaming may be associated with improved cognitive abilities, a new study found.

Kids who play video games for three or more hours per day performed better on impulse control and memory tests than children who don’t play games, according to research published Monday in JAMA Network Open.

Researchers analyzed brain scans from more than 2,000 school-age participants in the ongoing Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the country.

The study has been the largest investigation into the association between video gaming, cognition and brain function, according to Bader Chaarani, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and lead author on the study.

“This study adds to our growing understanding of the associations between playing video games and brain development,” National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow said in a statement. “Numerous studies have linked video gaming to behavior and mental health problems. This study suggests that there may also be cognitive benefits associated with this popular pastime, which are worthy of further investigation.”

Hii ni uwongo.
I can bet the research was sponsored by video game companies.

hii kitu inafanya mtoto akuwe addict hata sahii wanaume wazima wako na mabibi wanaenda gaming shop after job. Hapo akili imesaidika namna gani surely.

Kweli Ktalk is full of fossils based on the replies

But are impulse control and memory all they need? What abilities are suppressed?

Gamers are sharper

Unajua Tu binadamu, he will only pick what resonates with him.
Kama weeks ago, kina research umesema ati vaping si mbaya kama kuvuta sugars. Guess who has been promoting smokeless tobacco for the last five years? Watu wa kutengeneza sigara

I agree with that research…I feel like the mind becomes slightly sharper when you engage in video games.

Yes it does

Dopamine highs and withdrawals.

There is nothing wrong with video games. Im 24 years old and still playing video games bila aibu. I’ve been playing them ever since i was in class 4

Pia it expands their creativity and imagination capabilities

While increasing aggression?

Not all games are aggressive based expand your thoughts kijana ungecheza games you wouldn’t be facing such problems at your age

So how does playing minecraft increase aggression

Yeye anafikiria games kama gta na cod pekee. Zenye ameona kwa cyber cafe:D:D. Plus even those dont contribute much to aggressive behaviour. I’ve been playing gta and cod ever since i was a kid and im not aggressive in any manner

My first multuplayer game: Godfather ilinifunza mambo mob sana in addition to cognitive skills

shida ya game ni ati like all fun stuff ni a big distraction

Mimi sitawai Wacha kucheza fifa

When you focus on one thing only you silence all the noise in you mind and start engaging all parts of your brains. You forget that deal that didn’t go through, abusive spouse etc and let yourself be in the moment. That is why games are important to kids as well as grown ups. We become depressed because we get caught up in the same pattern or cycle of thinking. Our minds were made to explore not rethinking one thing 24/7.

Only video game I’ve played was brick game ile ilikuwa inakindwa ksh150 back then. Maybe am too old school