Video Games Beneficial for the Brain?

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development suggests that video gaming improves spatial orientation, memory formation, strategic planning, and fine motor skills. To test the effect of video games on the brain, research scientists asked subjects to play “Super Mario 64” for 30 minutes a day for two months. MRI scans on these subjects showed increases in grey matter in several areas of the brain. The study demonstrates a direct link between video gaming and volumetric brain increase. For more information about the study, visit www.mpg.de/7588840/video-games-brain. The full research article is available at www.nature.com/mp/journal/vaip/ncurrent/abs/mp2013120a.html.