Your brain on video games

Daphne Bavelier, brain scientist talks about video games

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The affects of video games on the brain

The lecturer Daphne Bavelier is a brain scientist. As a brain scientist, she researched whether video games effect the brain positively or negatively.


A video game called "Call of Duty: Black Ops" was played worldwide for a number of hours that equal to 68,000 years just one month after it was released to the market.

Do video games affect the eyesight?

She disproves the fact that too much screen time makes your eyesight worse. She checked in the lab the vision of the gamers and of the people who are not gamers. The results were surprising: the gamer's vision was better than the vision of the non-gamers. It turns out that gamers are able to read small letters, focus more easily while driving in a fog, and thus avoid accidents.

Do video games lead to atteintion problems?

Second, she competes the argument that Video games lead to attention problems and greater distractibility. The results show that gamers dont have attention problems. Moreover gamers are better at multi-tasking than non gamers.

Active components in video games

Video games have a number of ingredients that are very powerful for the brain such as learning new things, focusing, improving vision, etc. Brain scientists are working to understand the active components in video games to leverage them to deliver better games both for education purposes and for rehabilitation of patients.

Why I choose this subject

I chose this subject because I like to play video games and I wondered if there is any effect on the brain. Many people say that spending to much time playing video games can damage our vision, attention and body. I wanted to find out if its true.

Daphne Bavelier

Daphne Bavelier studies how the brain adapts to changes in experience, either by nature or by training.