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Hello everyone! Hope your October weekend was fantastic and that you experienced some fall weather. Over the weekend (or actually, this past Friday) a new study was posted about how video gamers compared to non-gamers when it comes to learning. Boy were the results pretty exciting for us gamers! It’s time to start reprimanding our parents, friends, teachers, and children for not playing video games because apparently, it trains your ability to learn.

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Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany decided to do a little test. First, they gathered a group of gamers. These were people who played action-based games at least 15 hours a week. The non-gamers were individuals who did not regularly play video games. The primary goal was to test how each group did in certain activities related to learning. Also, they recorded the brain activity of each participant during the tests.

Let me go ahead and let you know that gamers did notably better. Seems playing video games does not spoil your brain, it actually improves them in ways that could make us more knowledge individuals! I’ve always found the idea that video games are bad for you entertaining. That is because, before video games, it was television. Also, before television, it was reading books. Isn’t that funny! Reading books hundreds of years ago used to be considered a waste of time that will slow your mind down–haha. I’m still not sure about the tv one though–not sure watching Big Bang Theory is actually training anyone’s brain. Although it might be helping with witty banter.

Anyway, the primary test of the study was the weather prediction task. This test is not new and relied on frequently upon as a way to verify the learning of probabilities. During the test, each participant’s brain was being monitored and recorded using MRI. The weather prediction task is a little like a card game, where one has to learn what the cards mean through feedback from the test givers. Gamers were significantly better at learning the meanings of cards. Not only that but they were also way better in situations with higher amounts of uncertainty.

That means gamers were able to gain more knowledge in this study than non-gamers. Gamers were able to quickly analyze, and create new knowledge while also categorizing facts.

Back to the brain function parts–there was increased activity in the hippocampus of gamers. That’s the fun spot that’s essential for memory and learning. That lead these scientists to believe that playing video games helps train the hippocampus. Which is awesome!

If you want to read the original article, then check it out here. One thing you might notice if you read it is there were only thirty-four people in the study. Which makes the sample size pretty small and possibly unreliable. I’m still excited about this study though. Also, I hope they do another study with a larger amount of people. Considering the article is getting some good attention I think there’s a good chance they’ll find the funding to keep researching the theory that gamers are better learners.

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This study opens a can of worms in my opinion. Video games have so many aspects that I’m curious what all our brain is doing while playing them. We know it’s improving our hand-eye coordination. We now know it’s improving our ability to learn. What next? Creativity maybe? There are plenty of things to consider when looking at games this way. What we might also consider, is what is our brain not doing and what could video games be doing negatively. It’s an interesting thing to think about, and I hope to keep putting together articles like this regularly.

I’m a little giddy about the prospect of becoming better learners from gaming. I plan to exploit it to its maximum by patting myself on the back each time I play a game. “Good job, Lilo. You just trained your brain.” I’ll give a smug smirk before laughing at all the game haters I’ve come across. I’ll scoff at the dirty dishes and unmade bed. “I’m developing my brain! It takes some precedence you stupid list of chores!” Gosh you guys, I already feel smarter. Here I thought I was doing nothing but enjoying myself when really I’ve been marathon training myself for a life of learning.

What would be interesting is if medical bodies start suggesting video games as a way to help aging minds retain better memory. Considering the hippocampus is the big area of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Also, that changes to the hippocampus are noted when memory suffers. I’m all ready for my golden years. Give me my video games, dark chocolate, and memes, and I’ll be set for life with a beautifully slow aging mind. Memes for laughter, which is good for the brain (in case you thought I was talking out of left field).

What do you make of this study? It’s exciting, though of course can’t be entirely relied on given how small the study was. Maybe you should start challenging your non-gaming friends and family to learn tasks. Although that might start some fights–haha.


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17 thoughts on “Lilo’s Lair #45: Study Shows Gamers Have Advantage In Learning

  1. unvrso says:

    That is great news. It´s really stimulating, that means that we are uphancing our brain habilities just by playing games. Excellent

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  2. thats great and not that surprising i dont think. alot of games have different concepts , designs and executions. (using different consoles as an example). gamers have to learn fast or else suck out. i am glad to see this study .

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  3. My parents are senior citizens already and they have been playing games to alert their aging minds.
    it’s true gaming does have brain stimulation especially beneficial depending on the kind of game it is.

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  4. charleenmae says:

    Experience is always the best teacher. While we learn inside our home or school its still different when we try to be hands-on. Of course with limit. Playing games can help you develop critical and cognitive thinking.

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  5. I think this is true! I have a lot of friends that just love to play (and are addicted to it) and they are pretty smart. The stigma that playing games is bad should already be forgotten.

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  6. Mau says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if video games boosts creativity too, Lilo. When you play different games with different storylines, artworks and graphics, it would probably have an effect on how you think/see things also.

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  7. valine13 says:

    Yeah I guess they always do. They always plan and strategize so it’s like a common thing for them. How lucky.

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  8. darkkvader says:

    They also have creativity in mind I guess. I think they can learn faster too like knowing how to find a way like a walkthrough!

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  9. wolfbro says:

    I would say there is nothing wrong with this finding at all. I find many gamers to be absolutely smart guys and girls that do not seem to be suffering any ill-effects from gaming at all.

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  10. I have plenty of friends that play games like freaks but are still super smart and intelligent in every single way. So there is no way to say that gaming makes someone lesser in any way.

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  11. kanishka says:

    Everything has its pros and cons. Looking at the pros, a new research is a hope for new imaginations. Gamer has a tendency to run his/her mind and mark actions simultaneously. This can result in a good mental ability whereas being a gamer can result in weakening the nervous system. Two or three tasks cannot determine a person’s ability while multiple tests at different intervals of time can help in getting a better overview of a research. Such research requires a constant determination.

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  12. saviourv says:

    I wouldn’t dare discount the fact that video games, much like many things around us, have a certain degree of influence in our lives. To me, the right kinds of games will stimulate the mind, body, and soul, while the wrong ones sometimes have a tendency to make us much worse off than we initially were.

    Even though the sample size used in the study was a small number, I’d say that it does have its merits.

    Of course, given that I work at a VR arcade, I think my Gun-Fu and archery skills should’ve leveled up over the months I’ve been working there (and playing games like “Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope”, “Elven Assassin”, and “Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades”).

    😀

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  13. This study is backed up by science and I can really tell that games has its benefits myself. It can improve ones memory and coordination.

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  14. wokerful says:

    I knew that the best practice for the brain was keeping it active and playing games can do that. It´s great that they take gamers into account. It´s brain coordination at it´s best

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  15. mchesk16 says:

    Gaming is definitely more productive than sitting around watching T.V. because you are actively involved in the activity. However, I still think reading is more beneficial for your brain because you’re using your imagination more.

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  16. Dominic says:

    I like those test results. I’m happy to know that while playing the games I’m improving my brain a part from having fun. I actually thought it’s a waste of time.

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