Positive effects of video gaming

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  • Positive effects of video games!
    • Cognitive effect - Gaming can improve visuospatial and attention skills
      • Karni et al 2003 - such cognitive changes can lead to long term changes in the brain
    • Pro social behaviour
      • Gentil 2009 - conducted 3 studies in 3 countries with 3 age groups.
        • Found in the US (161 College Students) that those who played pro social games helped another student in a later task.
        • In the Japanese sample pro social behaviour was related to game playing over 4 months.
    • Encourage self disclosure.
      • The internet encourages self disclosure and this is key to the formation of relationships.
      • The improved quality of internet relationships acts as a buffer against stressors in adolescence
    • Promotion of physical activity.
      • Some games can be a way of reversing a sedentary life style.
      • They can help those who lack confidence to try exercise.
  • Promotion of physical activity.
    • Some games can be a way of reversing a sedentary life style.
    • They can help those who lack confidence to try exercise.

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