THE EFFECTS OF VIDEO GAMES ON CHILDREN'S BRAIN, BEHAVIOUR AND MOTOR SKILL
As the number of people playing games rises, the impact of video games on the human brain becomes a more intriguing research area.
Video games are gaining popularity with both children and adults. There is concern among the public that the brutality portrayed on television, as well as within video games, encourages aggressive behavior within its spectators.
Based on the thousands of studies and news pieces on the impact of the violent nature of some television, shows, we can assume that violent scenes in video games also aggravate violent behavior.
There is a source who calls the research preliminary, but one has only to look at the results of completed research to see that habitual players of brutal games become desensitized to violence. An increase in aggressive behavior was reported in players while playing a very violent game as well as in those players who were exposed to only a mildly violent game. Playing the game with high levels of violence raised anxiety levels within players much more than within subjects who played less aggressive games.
When a player is absorbed by there video game playing , are there changes in the brain? Are these changes initiated by some altered brain state?
One researcher distributed his three hundred participants into three separate groups:
a) People who seldom play
b) Players logging just a few hours each week
c) Heavy gamers (who played several hours a day)
Brain Activity During Video Games
These chemical gofers can also increase heart rate. Adrenal glands secrete these hormones in reaction to peril. There is ample research showing elevated blood pressure and heart rate, as well as depletion of oxygen occur while playing video games. This would indicate that the human brain believes the body is in actual jeopardy and is responding accordingly. Hence, the elevated heart rate. There are many reports of players disregarding their environment and instead viewing the game as the genuine experience.
This would signify that the players are impacted by the video games. Research has proven that an increase in heart blood pressure occur while a person plays video games. Additionally prefrantal lobe activity is lowered during game play. These increases could well be the cause for the shifts in attitude .The cause for the hostile behavior and emotionality can easily be explained by these physical changes. The research on the degree of the impact on the player after they stop playing in still in its infancy.
Relationship Between Video Games And Mental Health
This persisted despite turning the game off. This demonstrates a habitual restraint of prefrontal regions of their brains. These people barely ever used this region. These players reported being easily brought to anger. experiencing difficulty concentrating , as well as having to strain to mix with friends. A hostile demeanor is thought to be associated with curtailed use of the prefrontal region of the brain, as well as diminished beta wave activity. Another researcher's results caused him to arrive at the conclusion that game devotees can experience chronic underuse of key options of the frontal brain region. This leads to an altered emotional state.This research documented that video games cause a lack of frontal brain use. Which alters your mood. This would certainty explain hostile behavior.
Understanding how the autonomic nervous system is impacted by video games gives us a clear picture. Agitation and alarm are incited by the play of many video games. Many people are worried that this could impact the autonomic nerves over the long-term. Breathing and heart rate are internal involuntary organ processes linked to the autonomic nerves. Emotional centers in your brain emit electrical signals that can elevate or lower heart rate. Epionephirine (also known as adrenaline) and norepinephrine (also known as noradrenaline) we stress hormones in the body that act as message carriers within the body.
At the university of Geneva , Prof Daphne Bavelier has compared the visual abilities of gamers and non-gamers. In one test, subjects must try to keep track of the position of multiple moving objects.
She has found that individuals who play action video games perform markedly better those who do not.
Prof Bavelier's theory is that fast action games require the player constantly to switch their attention from one part of the screen to another while also staying vigilant for other events in the environment.
This challenges the brain, making it process incoming visual information more efficiently
Playing video games good or bad for you? It can be both
Video games are frowned upon by parents as time- wasters, and worse. Some education experts think that these game corrupt the brain. Playing violent video games are easily blamed by the media and some experts as the reason why some young people become violent or commit extreme anti-social behavior. But many scientists and psychologist find that video games can actually have many benefits- the main one is making kids smart. Video games may actually teach kids high-level thinking skills that they will need in the future.
"Video games change your brain," according to university of Wiscosin psychologist C. Shawn Green.Playing video games change the brain's physical structure the same way as do learning to read, playing the piano or navigating using a map.Much like exercise an build muscle, the powerful combination of concentration and rewarding surges of neurotransmitters like dopamine strengthen neural circuits that can build the brain.
Healthday News - April 3, 2015 by Randy Dotings
A small Study offers a mixed view on whether video games may make kids more aggressive .
Those children who spend more time playing games might be slightly likelier to be hyperactive and to get into fights.But violent video games seem to have no effect on behavior, according to British researchers.
The researchers also said they discovered that kids who played video games for less than an hour a day were more likely to be less aggressive and rated as better- behaved by their teachers.
Dr. Claire Mccarthy, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical school wouldn't go so far as to criticize video games. Considering the lack of definitive research " we need to be a little bit careful when it comes to vilifying video games." she said
And we are unlikely to ever know all the true effects of video games , she added.
"All we can really do is use our common sense and make sure that kids get plenty of time away from screens, too, McCarthy said, "playing video games doesn't usually help kids learn the behavioral skill they need to succeed. they still need to get shut off sometimes."