Study: Video Gamers Show Enhanced Brain Activity, Decision-Making Skills

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - A new study from Georgia State University comes to the defense of video game players. The study found the brains of gamers show superior sensorimotor decision-making skills and enhanced activity in key regions, compared to non-players.

Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) in the study and said their findings suggest videos games could be used as a tool for training in perceptual decision-making in the future.

"Video games are played by the overwhelming majority of our youth more than three hours every week, but the beneficial effects on decision-making abilities and the brain are not exactly known," said lead researcher Mukesh Dhamala. "Our work provides some answers on that. Video game playing can effectively be used for training — for example, decision-making efficiency training and therapeutic interventions — once the relevant brain networks are identified."

So are these findings enough to get Mom and Dad off your back?

"It makes me feel a little bit better about the amount of time she spends playing games." One father told WBZ's Shari Small.

Other parents said while the findings sound good, they still plan on limiting their child's game screen time.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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