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September 1, 2009

New research on how games change your brain

MSNBC reports on a just-published study (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/09/01/2049186.aspx) of the physical changes on brains resulting from playing video games, specifically Tetris.

"The researchers analyzed the brain changes in the game-playing group compared with the control group, and they found that the Tetris players' brain function became more efficient in areas linked to critical thinking, reasoning, language and information processing..." which duplicated results from a 1992 study. They measured changes in cortical thickness in a variety of brain areas to assess the effects.

The researcher "...had hoped that he and his colleagues would come up with a mechanism to explain in physiological terms how the brain became more efficient through game-playing." While this didn't happen, the research results do form an important starting point for investigating and discovering these mechanisms.

The full research article is published here:

Posted by undergrad at September 1, 2009 3:53 PM

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