The Effect of Video Games on Your Brain


By Staff Writer Published on May 25, 2013

In recent years it seems that a typical “gamer” is not so typical. Whether you are male, female, under 18 or an adult, you have probably played video games. Understanding the effects of these video games on your brain may be intriguing.

The brain is a learning center, with every added stimulation either promoting or degrading the functionality of the organ.  Every piece of information that is added to the brain, whether it is related to business administration, a foreign language, or the secret code to unlock a magic kingdom in the latest fantasy video game, all have the ability to forever change the internal hard wiring of the human brain.

Some effects of video games on the human brain have been cited by neuroscientists as having beneficial consequences to the steady gamer.  Some enhancements to functionality in the brain include increased visual-spatial capacity, decision making, visual attention, mental processing speed and visual keenness.

A video game may help you improve your motor skills.  There are young children that are able to develop their motor skills early simply because they are introduced to video games. According to the 2009 Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine, games that dealt with stress or depression were able to help the gamers vent their frustration and their aggression while playing video games.

Being a part of this exciting industry, rather than just being a gamer, can be possible. If you are passionate about gaming, you may want to consider a Computer Science degree.  Programming video games may become part of your job description one day. Independence University offers a computer science program that can allow students to explore programming, which could lead to involvement in developing video games. Don’t be afraid to look into into this option of working in the gaming industry!


Author Bio
Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for Independence University, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.