A new study has revealed that playing video games causes hippocampal system of the brain to be influenced by navigation approach the person employees as well as the genre of the game.
The hippocampus is that part of the brain that controls spatial learning, navigation and memory and is crucial to healthy cognition. If the hippocampus becomes exhausted then higher are the chances of the person developing brain illnesses like depression, schizophrenia, PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease.
Players who do not utilize spatial memory approaches such as landmarks to steer through the first person shooting game but automatically depend on response strategies like counting and patterning to find their way around the game are even more affected.
A study was conducted by the researchers where they examined differences in the hippocampal gray matter in 33 people who customarily play video games or they never do so. Participants were asked about the strategy they use to navigate.
Spatial learners decipher a virtual reality function place in a maze by understanding the relationship between the target object and certain indicators in the maze. Response learners utilize enumerating, molding and memorizing a succession of action to remember particular order on the way.
Investigators came to a conclusion that persistent action video game players had notably less gray matter in their hippocampus and utilized response strategies at a higher rate.
A further study was conducted in which novel groups of 43 and 21 contestants received 90 hours of training on an action video game, a 3D platform game or an action role playing game. All contestants had to undergo through MRI brain scans and the brain tissue density was measured.
Researchers found that first-person shooting games lessen grey matter within the hippocampus in participants using non-spatial response strategies.