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Does Video Gaming Have Impacts on the Brain: Evidence from a Systematic Review

by Denilson Brilliant T. 1,*,†, Rui Nouchi 2,3,† and Ryuta Kawashima 2,4
Department of Biomedicine, Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L), East Jakarta 13210, Indonesia
Smart Ageing Research Center (SARC), Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8575, Japan
Department of Cognitive Health Science, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC), Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8575, Japan
Department of Functional Brain Imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC), Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8575, Japan
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
D.B.T. and R.N. contributed equally to this work.
Brain Sci. 2019, 9(10), 251;
Received: 18 August 2019 / Revised: 17 September 2019 / Accepted: 23 September 2019 / Published: 25 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Collection on Cognitive Neuroscience)
Video gaming, the experience of playing electronic games, has shown several benefits for human health. Recently, numerous video gaming studies showed beneficial effects on cognition and the brain. A systematic review of video gaming has been published. However, the previous systematic review has several differences to this systematic review. This systematic review evaluates the beneficial effects of video gaming on neuroplasticity specifically on intervention studies. Literature research was conducted from randomized controlled trials in PubMed and Google Scholar published after 2000. A systematic review was written instead of a meta-analytic review because of variations among participants, video games, and outcomes. Nine scientific articles were eligible for the review. Overall, the eligible articles showed fair quality according to Delphi Criteria. Video gaming affects the brain structure and function depending on how the game is played. The game genres examined were 3D adventure, first-person shooting (FPS), puzzle, rhythm dance, and strategy. The total training durations were 16–90 h. Results of this systematic review demonstrated that video gaming can be beneficial to the brain. However, the beneficial effects vary among video game types. View Full-Text
Keywords: brain; neuroplasticity; video gaming brain; neuroplasticity; video gaming
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Brilliant T., D.; Nouchi, R.; Kawashima, R. Does Video Gaming Have Impacts on the Brain: Evidence from a Systematic Review. Brain Sci. 2019, 9, 251.

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