Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you your brain would melt if you played too much Nintendo? Was that just my mom?
New research suggests the exact opposite is true. Awwwkkkwwwaaarrrddd...
A study released this week found that kids who play video games for three or more hours a day perform better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and memory versus those who don't game (a.k.a. n00bs).
The study examined 2,000 children, making it the largest investigation ever on gaming's impact on the brain.
Researchers think the observed benefits stem from video games' density of tasks that center on impulse control and memory.
But don't go buying a PlayStation for your rugrat just yet. Some caveats:
Correlation ≠ causation: It could be that children who are good at the types of cognitive tasks tested in this study are more likely to play video games.
Puzzle Quest vs. Crusader Kings: The study did not take into account the type of video games being played.
Don't go overboard: Study authors said their findings aren’t a permission slip for kids to spend unlimited time on computers, phones, or TVs.
Caveats aside, I now feel great about the amount of Pokémon I played in middle school.