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John Snell
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Has there been any research on the effects of gaming. I just wonder if there is any sort of significant impact that can occur on peoples cognative abilities due to gaming?

If anyone has any information on such research I would be very interested in it.

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John
 
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I remember reading that playing board games or card games (or doing crosswords or other brain teasers) seems to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's, but I don't have anything definitive to back it up. I think we're discussed that before in the forums, though, if you want to do a search on it.
 
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Whenever you have to resolve a problem of a different kind over an over (spatial 2d/3d, numerical, sequential, combinatorial, etc.), you are reinforcing new pathways in your brain, allowing you to use these new ways of looking at things in real life with more interconnections. This can only be good.

Even with a game as simple as Set, you go through a learning curve training your mind to recognize differences rather than similarities.
 
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Quote:
I just wonder if there is any sort of significant impact that can occur on peoples cognative abilities due to gaming?

Studies have shown that playing board games seems to hone ones ability to locate cans of Mountain Dew and bags of Cheesies.
 
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Try doing a MEDLINE search (via PubMed, which is free) with relevant search terms:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi

Doing a search for "board game" OR boardgame returns 57 hits, many of which are to do with health education or continuing medical education.

As mentioned, there are also studies on the cognitive effects of games in conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

You could also look up Avedon & Sutton-Smith's (1971) book, The Study of Games.

Any researchers here interested in collaborating on a systematic review on this topic?

 
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and after medline you might also want to try
http://scholar.google.com/ with the right terms for searching
 
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