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Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Video Game Play and Relaxation?

To some it seems quite obvious that playing a video game is relaxing while for others this claim may seem like an oxymoron, an obvious contradiction. As it turns out there is now substantive research supporting the notion that video game play can be quite relaxing. This show is a conversation with Dr. Carmen Russoniello who is at the forefront of the research on casual games and their relaxing benefits. An Associate Professor at East Carolina University, Dr. Russoniello explains how he was approached by a major game developer to explore why their games were selling so well. What he discovered is the heart of this discussion and is revolutionizing how we view video game play.