Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

Are video games good for you?
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Further Reading —

Mario 64 Study:
http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/mp2013120a.html
http://www.kurzweilai.net/video-game-playing-found-beneficial-for-the-brain

Dyslexia:
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/retrieve/pii/S0960982213000791

Elderly Effects:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v501/n7465/full/nature12486.html

Vision:
http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3342

Daphne Bavelier TED Talk:

Surgeries:
http://archsurg.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=399740

50 Comments

  1. orbiel bons on May 10, 2021 at 12:42 am

    well minecraft taut me that logs turn into planks and some ores like coal, diamond, gold, copper (new 1.17 ore) and iron.

  2. Emilia Tenggren on May 10, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Doctor: The average gamer plays about 12 hours a week

    Me: you mean 12 hours a day?

    Doctor: what?

    Me: what?

  3. Match Mapping on May 10, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Actually Minecraft will teach you something about history that mean Rome Egypt or some technology

  4. Eggmun on May 10, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Can video games make you smarter?

    As much as chocolate can make you healthier.

  5. Babubhaiya Bandookbaz on May 10, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Imagine being laying down on a bed in operation theatre for a surgery and a doctor says guys it’s my first time playing video games..

  6. Jacques Cepraga on May 10, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Is this just a summary of that Ted Talk about the effects of video games on the brain???

  7. Najer Jabbarani on May 10, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Take that! Boomers!
    You can’t deny this because it’s science.

  8. Blaze_beast2 1 on May 10, 2021 at 12:52 am

    *learns*

  9. Cheesecake Lover on May 10, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I learned what an oceanfish was from ACWA

  10. Wizard on May 10, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Hell no. Only way to get smarter with games is to get into game theory and self improvement techniques for your competitive game of choice. and even then chances are you are gonna get too adicted to do anything else

  11. Ghost0p on May 10, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I improved my typing speed when I was 12yrs old by typing GTA : VICE CITY *cheat codes* like Leavemealone, panzer, bigbang etc. 😁

  12. Sierra Mikain on May 10, 2021 at 12:56 am

    _"Can Video Games Make You Smarter?"_
    As someone who has been gaming for almost 40 years, I can tell you 100% that I’ve learned a lot of things from playing video games. Things about history, science, math, psychology, etc. As far as _"some people think they are violent, lazy and a waste of time…",_ well watching t.v. or movies can be described exactly the same way. Yet most people presumably watch t.v. or movies. Video games are the most lucrative form of entertainment on the planet. The video game industry makes more money that CD’s, magazines/books, DVD’s and even Hollywood movies. Clearly a _lot_ of people play video games and in this day and age of cell phones, not only "kids" but many adults, parents, even grandparents play video games. So the fact is, if you think video games are a waste of time, then _don’t play them._

  13. Sans_da_gamerX on May 10, 2021 at 12:57 am

    the dislikes are stupid parents who believe in hocus pocus

  14. Rowen Machia on May 10, 2021 at 12:58 am

    ?

  15. Klean Records on May 10, 2021 at 12:59 am

    cool i dont know what to tell my son now hmmmm

  16. game conquerer on May 10, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Thomas is finnaly happy after such bullshit

  17. Garrett Chubet on May 10, 2021 at 1:01 am

    I am getting back into video games soon 😁. I realize that my reaction time is better 👍

  18. ItzCookieCream on May 10, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I͓̽t͓̽’s͓̽ t͓̽r͓̽u͓̽e͓̽ I͓̽’m͓̽ t͓̽h͓̽e͓̽ t͓̽o͓̽p͓̽ r͓̽e͓̽a͓̽d͓̽e͓̽r͓̽ i͓̽n͓̽ m͓̽y͓̽ c͓̽l͓̽a͓̽s͓̽s͓̽ b͓̽u͓̽t͓̽ I͓̽ f͓̽o͓̽r͓̽g͓̽e͓̽t͓̽ a͓̽ l͓̽o͓̽t͓̽ o͓̽f͓̽ things༼ ಠل͟ಠ༽ᵇᵘˢᵗᵉᵈ

  19. The Kingdom of Fredomia on May 10, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Short answer: yes
    long answer: yessssssssssssssssss

  20. Link Link on May 10, 2021 at 1:05 am

    капец, этому видео 7 лет

  21. Spontidakis Nikolas on May 10, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Video games actually helped me a lot but on another sector especially with communication. I was playing pvp games with strangers and got rid of my fear to talk to others. Something that every day life couldn’t offer me. But still in everything you do there must be a limit! Like you cant play games for more than 6 hours a day! That’s a lot!. And I’m talking about doing it once in a while, I’m referring to people who actually play games all day!

  22. DeeKäy on May 10, 2021 at 1:06 am

    You forgot to point English learning from video games

  23. Mohy Ayyat on May 10, 2021 at 1:08 am

    The dislikes are from r/BanVideoGames members

  24. Peter Parker Hoodie 8-bit Spider-Man on May 10, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Well ofc this games are one of the reasons why i learn how to speak english and fix my grammar properly.

  25. CMN Associates on May 10, 2021 at 1:11 am

    defgddg

  26. P4 DREDNOK on May 10, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Algum brasileiro por ai

  27. Werew0lf A on May 10, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Politics are violent lezy and a waste of time but we don’t see boomers talk about it smh

  28. Garrett Chubet on May 10, 2021 at 1:15 am

    I’ll probably play for maybe 1-2 hours a day when I get back into gaming 👍

  29. Dejwr on May 10, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Single player games for me have always made be happy when I’m sad games like Spider-Man, The Batman Arkham series, fallout, gta, rdr, uncharted and a few others have been the most memorable for me

  30. Dominic DeAnda on May 10, 2021 at 1:16 am

    ngl video games take stress away from me

  31. Lewis Turner on May 10, 2021 at 1:19 am

    I did it and i play minecraft

  32. EagleX on May 10, 2021 at 1:20 am

    MOM GIVE ME VBUCKS I GOTTA PLAY FORTNITE, ITS GONNA HELP MY BRAIN

  33. ernis official on May 10, 2021 at 1:21 am

    When I play call of duty 1 and 2 I have better notes from history

  34. P4 DREDNOK on May 10, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Tendi nada kkkkk

  35. GARAIN FAMILY on May 10, 2021 at 1:23 am

    When ! was about 11 years I played a lot of video game about 8-7 hours. And now I am making games

  36. michaelthenova on May 10, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Im an 11 year old Kid who was playing kerbal space Program and i love this Game because you can understand what space really is.

  37. Tyler Mock on May 10, 2021 at 1:28 am

    This man just stole the entire presentation from that one Ted talk, nice

  38. Glitched boy on May 10, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Who just made 1000000 dollars from video games

  39. Axtrem1s on May 10, 2021 at 1:29 am

    5-10 hours a week

    **HOW ABOUT 15 HOURS A DAY”

  40. G - NERD on May 10, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Thanks for this, now I know how to manage my gaming time properly 🙂

  41. tushti arora on May 10, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Copy of the ted talk

  42. Itz_ Ducky on May 10, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Were learning about this in our internet technology class!

  43. IGNATIUS YAP WEN XUEN Moe on May 10, 2021 at 1:32 am

    if i play shotting games would i get knowlege

  44. AnnihilatorFNM on May 10, 2021 at 1:33 am

    POV: you searched this up because your parents said your on your video games too much and say grab a book it will make u smarter.

  45. pro gamer 68 on May 10, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I learned farming from minecraft and roblox: islands.
    And not in school

  46. TheDumbGuy on May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    I got interested in history because of video games

  47. Júlia on May 10, 2021 at 1:36 am

    1:02

  48. Cupcake Kitten on May 10, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I’ve gotten pretty good at hand eye coordination playing certain video games. Even my parents said that while I played rolling sky or dancing line or something

  49. Nihal Ozbek on May 10, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I really like the video related with some pics and tips. Thank you

  50. Christopher Burke on May 10, 2021 at 1:40 am

    In the tiny writing you said “If you can can” was that on purpose?

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