Video Games Effect On Children Essay

2120 Words Nov 25th, 2014 9 Pages
Video games can lead to addiction, depression, aggression, and many health issues. In fact, research has been conducted for decades on the negative effects of video game play. So why then have video games become over a $16 billion industry? Well, video games have immense positive potential. In addition to their entertainment value, video games can offer considerable success when they are designed to address a specific problem or teach a specific skill. Video games can be a particularly valuable academic tool when used in addition to traditional teaching methods.
Playing video games can be very beneficial in the educational process. It can enhance cognitive abilities and skills in children and adolescents. In fact, studies have found that improvements in cognition have been related to grey matter changes in the prefrontal cerebral cortex. In particular, a study conducted by Simon Kuhn, in which magnetic resonance imaging scans of 152 14-year old adolescents were collected and used to estimate cortical thickness, showed an increase in cortical thickness in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and in correlation an increase in cognitive and strategic planning abilities (Simon Kuhn 5). These results come from the need to follow directions in games. In order to progress in games, the player must first learn to follow the rules, restrictions and elements of them. As the player tackles new challenges, they must use their problem-solving skills in order to adapt and find new…

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