Gaming Changes the Way the Brain Processes Hand Eye Coordination

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Frequent Video game players use different parts of their brains to perform "complex visuomotor tasks," meaning that when gamers manipulate images using controls, they process things differently. In an article called "Extensive video-game experience alters cortical networks for complex visuomotor transformations" in the October 2010 issue of Cortex (Volume 46, Issue 9), researchers from the Center for Vision Research at York University in Toronto, Canada (together with York University and the University of Waterloo) subjected a small population of young men to visuomotor tests while examining their brain function using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Non-game-players showed increased activity in the parietal cortex (associated with hand-eye coordination), while experienced gamers showed increased activity in the prefrontal cortex. While this was only a study performed on a small number of young, male individuals, it offers further evidence that gaming (in particular) helps the brain alter the way in which it performs tasks, potentially making it more efficient.

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