How does FPS affect the brain?
First person shooters are very popular in the gaming world but does it have a affected one the Hippocampus. Researchers shows us a study of video games and the brain. According to a article Spring Nature Molecular Physchiatry, first-person shooting games reduce grey matter. If you don’t know what a Hippocampus is it’s the elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain. Which is the center for emotions, memory and the nervous system. There is another piece of the study “A subsequent randomised longitudinal training experiment demonstrated that first-person shooting games reduce grey matter within the hippocampus in participants using non-spatial memory strategies.” Researchers took in a group of gamers to playing first-person game then took some notes to see results. That’s my theory on that research study is about.
Not just FPS but VR and 3D platformers video games. There is the study for VR and 3D platformers “People who play platformers such as Super Mario Bros. or VR-based games may increase their grey matter with frequent play and patial . Awareness are more likely to increase grey matter”. “Games that rely more on the caudate nucleus can encourage the brain to operate more on “autopilot” and thus reduce grey matter”. Reducing gray matter can result in depression, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Alzheimer’s disease. One the key researchers Gregory West stated “Video games have been shown to benefit certain cognitive systems in the brain, mainly related to visual attention and short-term memory”.
I have to say this whether on not that video games can help the brain that’s unknown but people can debate that issues. There is one thing that these researchers forgot about his VR. VR is a headset that connect through the eyes and the brain. VR puts into a virtual world but it does got some side effect in the brain such as seizures, loss of awareness, eye strain, nausea and motion sickness. Other say that the brain can map out space and add visual information. Gamer doesn’t attend to worry about the side effect of gaming. Playing video games are simply pure entertainment but health always comes first in my book. I think people should look at this research and study it, It will probably change you life for the better.