As it is well-known, in today’s society games increasingly represent some of our kids best company. From the simulation games to the action-adventure ones, how often do we see our children – girls and boys – growing up staring at a bright screen?!
Sometimes, we parents blame the entire invention – also for the sake of our wallets, don’t we?! Yet, dear parents, today your kids have something to say to you, which probably will change your opinions about video games and, I’m afraid, it could end up encouraging you to spend even more for the Tomb Raider of the moment!
Onlineuniversities.com, in its infographics ‘The Neurology of gaming’ clearly outlined the positive and negative effects of playing video games on the human brain.
For instance, did you know that video games can be used to educate through repetition and feedback? This is due to their ability to strengthen the brain cell connections underlying memory and learning. They also stimulate the logical thinking by stressing the area controlling our decision making. Scientists proved that thanks to a better job from the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, the gamers brain performs greater levels of cognition as well as planning.
However, you could get back to your kids saying that video games can lead to obesity, attention problems and poor school performance, as Onlineuniversities.com and several science-related blogs and online magazines pointed out. Especially violent games can increase aggressive responses and anxiety.
To conclude, although considering the negative aspects of violent (especially) video games, it appears that its positive sides are particularly suitable for educational scopes. Video games improve the ability to reason and solve new problems, just as they stimulate the so-called “collaboration skills”. In addition, by evoking emotions they are deemed as another way to encourage people (kids and adults) to learn and broaden their knowledges.
Perlimpinpin Designers has always taken this into consideration when designing its games, of which the Vichy Cosmetics Learning, The mystery of the crocodile farm and the games on recycling are some examples (http://www.ppp-designers.co.uk/games-and-training/). Games prompt emotions, memory and learning activities, as neurologists teach us. Therefore, we are very glad to hear that our interactive video game are scientifically proved to be effective and efficient tools for both children and adults. For this reason, we will be always looking at the last news from the Neurological industry to improve our work and keep you up to date.
At the end of the story, it’s all about taking decisions with our own brain, isn’t it?!