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Cognitive development and video games


Positive Association of Video Game Playing with Left Frontal Cortical Thickness in Adolescents 2013, Simone Ku¨ hn

Research finds a link between the amounts of time spent playing video games and development of cortical thickness. Parts of the brain affected by playing video games controlled executive control, strategic planning, executive eye movements, visuo-spatial attention and visuo-motor integration.

The Impact of Recreational Video Game Play on Children’s and Adolescents’ Cognition 2013, Fran C. Blumberg

Review of research on cognitive benefits of playing video games among children and young adults. Skills learnt in video games can be transferred into academic tasks.

Video Viewing and Cognitive Development in Preadolescents 2009, Santha Kumari & Simerpreet Ahuja

Shows a link between heavy video game players/viewers and reduced attention span, poor imagination scores, and low visual memory.

Usual and Virtual Reality Video Game-based Physiotherapy for Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injuries 2012, Danielle Levac, Patricia Miller & Cheryl Missiuna

Using video games in therapy. A study looking at promoting learning and skill development through video games for children with acquired brain injuries.

Playing Super Mario induces structural brain plasticity: gray matter changes resulting from training with a commercial video game 2013, S Ku¨hn, T Gleich, RC Lorenz, U Lindenberger & J Gallinat

Study about the relationship between playing video games and brain plasticity. In the group that played video games there was an increase in grey matter.

How Video Games May Enhance Students’ Learning and Cognitive Development 2012, Poling Bork 


Language-related computer use: Focus on young L2 English learners in Sweden.

Pia Sundqvist, Liss Kerstin Sylvén. 

ReCALL, 2014; 26 (01): 3 DOI:10.1017/S0958344013000232

Video Game Addiction

The (co-)occurrence of problematic video gaming, substance use, and psychosocial problems in adolescents ANTONIUS J. VAN ROOIJ, DARIA J. KUSS, MARK D. GRIFFITHS, GILLIAN W. SHORTER,TIM M. SCHOENMAKERS and DIKE VAN DE MHEEN