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Strategy Games or Action Games which Cognitive skills do they train?

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A new study shows interesting results of how different video game types affect white matter in the brain and cognitive skills. The research focussed on the impact of strategy games and action games. The lead researcher of the study, Chandramallika Basak, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas, explains. “When researchers use video games as a tool for cognitive enhancement, they assume that game performance relies on specific cognitive/brain function, yet there is a little evidence that establishes such a connection. (…) Such oversimplification has serious consequences on research on video game training. I believe that we need to investigate the specific brain-cognition associations for different genres of video games before theorizing about the potential impact of a training on a particular genre of video game.” This is the conclusion from the result of the research that shows that there are obvious differences in the outcome of playing strategy games that are better suited for improving memory tasks and perceptual speed task. While action games on the other hand stimulated more emotional arousal, which could be beneficial for other clinical populations like patients with mood disorders. The study is published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience and the subjects of research was adults with little or no former experience of playing games. Source: Science Daily

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