Important Research Demonstrates Enhanced Cognitive Performance in Children Who Play Video Games

alt A peer reviewed report of research from the JAMA network [Chaarani et al., 2022] showed “enhanced cognitive performance in children who played video games vs those who did not.” This study was part of the National Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Studies.

It was a case controlled study of 2217 children. For the children playing video games, there were associated improved cognitive abilities in the area of working memory and response inhibition. Published in 2022, this study offers some interesting insights into benefits of playing video games.

Certainly, there has been a continuing belief in motivation to practice using video games in past research. However, this study monitored blood oxygen level-dependent signal differences in the regions of the brain involved in cognitive ability tasks utilizing working memory and response inhibition.

It is important to note that our Kinems platform offers several games specifically designed by educators and clinicians to ensure they are educational and appropriate for learning. Several involve working memory and response inhibition with non-violent content that supports academic goals as well as other executive functions. Try Drummory, Paleo, The Melody Tree and UnBoxit to exercise these cognitive skills!

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Chaarani, B., Ortigara, J., Yuan, D., Loso, H., Potter, A., & Garavan, H. P. (2022). Association of Video Gaming With Cognitive Performance Among Children. JAMA network open, 5(10), e2235721.

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