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Video Games by Mind Map: Video Games

1. May Make You Smarter

1.1. British Researchers found out that Starcraft can improve your brain flexibility.

1.2. Study from Queen Mary University of London and University College London: they found that participants assigned to play “Starcraft” experienced gains in their performance on psychological tests, completing cognitive flexibility tasks with greater speed and accuracy.

1.3. Study had people play Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day over 2 months. Results: Increase of grey matter in the brain in these areas: Memory, Strategic planning, and fine motor skills( is the coordination of small muscle movements)

2. Stress & Depression

2.1. a study "found that gamers who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games"

2.2. Study from Texas A&M International University associate professor, Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson: "Young adults—male and female—who play violent video games long-term handle stress better than non-playing adults and become less depressed and less hostile following a stressful task, according to a study by Texas"

2.3. What happens, "A lot of people believe that stress, depression, and other mental disorders are the result of a patterned way of thinking. You know, every day you wake up feeling like “another day, ughghgh!”. Your brain starts to be trained to expect to be stressed out, and your common stressors usually happen every day. So you’re constantly living in a state of stress."

2.4. So video games break that pattern and gives your brain a mental break.

3. Reflexes

3.1. You're seeing fast-moving things on the screen, and you are also quickly reacting to them with your hands, via a controller(Console ex PS4) or keyboard(computer), so it improves your hand-eye coordination / reflexes.

3.2. Study from According to researchers at the University of Rochester: people who played such video games were able to able to better track objects appearing simultaneously, and processed fast-changing visual information more efficiently.

3.3. "gamers responses are about 100 milliseconds faster than the average person"

4. Eyesight

4.1. psychologist Daphne Maurer,"suggesting that people born with cataracts could improve their eyesight by playing Medal of Honor, the “first-person shooter” video game."

4.2. improve vision of people with normal eyesight ... so they could also help others with a not so great eyesight

4.3. Study:"non-gamers and then received 30 hours of training on first-person action video games showed a substantial increase in their ability to see objects accurately in a cluttered space, compared to 10 non-gamers given the same test, said Daphne Bevelier of the University of Rochester."