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Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Attention, Memory and Information Processing Advantages to Gaming

In this show we’ll be talking about various perceptual and cognitive advantages to gaming. Dr. Walter Boot is the director of the Attention and Training laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. In his lab they have tested expert video game players versus newbie’s on a variety of attentional, memory and information processing tasks. This included training on a specific game which is important from a methodological point when trying to discover if gaming improves attention. You’ll learn about the advantages and disadvantages to such lifelong attentional training by playing video games. This includes military and safety applications. In addition you’ll learn how gaming may be able to slow the cognitive aging decline.