Playing Computer Games Brings New Skills to the Game
Studies have shown that playing computer games regularly can improve brain function and increase grey matter in the human brain. ( Grey matter is related to memory, perception, spatial planning, and executive functioning.) The more active you are, the better the results. In fact, some experts are so passionate about games they even hold annual game competitions to spur more interest in games for kids.
In a study published in 2021 in the Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Psychology, participants played a simple computer game, ” Solitaire,” for a total of 30 minutes per day for two weeks. Most participants improved their cognitive ability and showed increases in their ability to solve problems. There was no difference in personality or any other mental disorder test results. So why did the players see improvement? The researchers believe it has to do with increased white matter in the brain. In fact, the researchers believe people will be able to see the effects of playing games from an “emotional distance.”
Another way the player’s brain is changing the result is through strategic thinking. Players who played the game with certain knowledge of the game rules consistently improved their game performance. The more they knew the game rules, the more strategies they could apply. The players also spent more time analyzing their game results, which also enhanced their strategy skills.