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MU Psych Central – Gaming (Part 2)

Dr. Mayo explores the pros & cons of gaming according to research

 

by Dr Nicolle Mayo - December 9, 2016

Education versus Desensitization

Gaming on the TV, cell phone, or computer has a number of advantages and disadvantages as cited by many research studies. Depending on the type of game and how much time is dedicated to playing the game can dictate whether our brains are stimulated or desensitized. Studies highlight the importance of monitoring game usage because of the effects gaming has on its players.

Gaming advantages parallel research conducted in behavioral psychology. Gaming either reinforces the player who succeeds in beating another level, and makes an accurate choice, or punishes the player that makes an incorrect judgment or choice, thereby reducing points. These intervals of reinforcement draw players in to continue playing because of the potential to succeed or win again. At the same time, the brain is processing these correct moves with dopamine release, a key neurotransmitter involved with experiences of reward and pleasure. Once this neurotransmitter is fired, we feel inclined to continue pursuing a task to maintain that sense of pleasure and accomplishment. This explanation is congruent with neuropsychology, a field dedicated to understanding how emotion, cognition, and behavior are connected to brain functioning. Games that are educational or exploratory in nature also strengthen neural connections. Similar to riding a bike, or tying a shoe, every repeated move familiarizes our brain with the proper route to take or decision to make to move ahead. This increases memory storage and fosters deeper learning. Furthermore, every new move a player makes develops new neural connections, stimulating our brain. These effects can lead to enhanced creativity and problem-solving.

On the other hand, gaming also has its disadvantages. Most often when they are violent do games have negative repercussions on players, including obesity, attention problems, poor school performance, and addiction. Again, dopamine keeps players’ attention through reinforcement, which leads to addiction (a risk with any game), but its release can also be a part of fostering aggression. Continued exposure provides a negative model for behaving, thinking and feeling. In fact, those who do enact in more violent games show more desensitization or diminished emotional responsiveness towards violence, war, crime and other gaming influences. Repeated exposure has the potential to normalize these occurrences, thus affecting how a person operates on a daily basis. These effects can have short-term and long-term implications.

What do we take from this information? Games can be incredibly beneficial if we use them intentionally to learn, grow, enhance problem-solving, and foster creativity. We need to recognize the role dopamine and other brain chemicals have on our behavior and the potential to spend too much time engaging in games. Additionally, we need to monitor the types of games played and how they affect us.

MU Psych Central is supported by the Mansfield Psychology Department, which includes Dr. Gretchen Sechrist, Department Chair and Associate Professor, who specializes in Social Psychology, Dr. Brian Loher, Professor, our Human Resource Management specialist, Dr. Francis Craig, Professor, expert in Mind/Body Health, Dr. Karri Verno, Associate Professor, who specializes in Lifespan Development and Forensic Psychology and Nicolle Mayo, Assistant Professor, expert in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Dr Nicolle Mayo

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Dr Nicolle Mayo

Photography: N/A,

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Mansfield University, Matthews Motor Company

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