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Video games depict religion as violent, problematized, MU study shows
Greg Perreault, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism, found that the many newer-generation video games equate religion with violence in the game narratives. (2012-02-27)

Video game playing tied to creativity
Both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative, regardless of whether the games are violent or nonviolent, according to new research by Michigan State University scholars. (2011-11-02)

Seniors who play video games report better sense of emotional well-being
New research from North Carolina State University finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being. (2013-03-05)

Video games linked to poor relationships with friends, family
The study of young adults connected video games to poor relationships with peers and with parents -- measured by things like time, trust, support and affection. (2009-01-23)

Criticism of violent video games has decreased as technology has improved, gamers age
Greg Perreault, a doctoral student at the MU School of Journalism, found that journalists from GamePro expressed a considerable amount of concern about the level of violence in the game software companies were creating in the early 1990s, when video game design was limited by technology. (2014-04-02)

Hardware-accelerated global illumination by image space photon mapping
Research presented in a paper by Morgan McGuire, assistant professor of computer science at Williams College, and co-author Dr. David Luebke of NVIDIA, introduces a new algorithm to improve computer graphics for video games. McGuire and Luebke have developed a new method for computerizing lighting and light sources that will allow video game graphics to approach film quality. (2009-12-21)

Study finds violent video games provide quick stress relief, but at a price
A study authored by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students indicates that while playing video games can improve mood, violent games may increase aggressive outcomes. (2015-07-09)

Study questions video games' effects on violent behavior
A new Contemporary Economic Policy study finds that there is not enough information to support the claim that violent video games lead to acts of violence. (2019-11-06)

Surgeons with video game skill appear to perform better in simulated surgery skills course
In a study involving 12 surgeons and 21 surgical residents, video game skill was correlated with laparoscopic surgery skill as assessed during a simulated surgery skills course, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-02-19)

Violent video games associated with increased aggression in children
Habitually playing violent video games appears to increase aggression in children, regardless of parental involvement and other factors. (2014-03-24)

Video games can change your brain
Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction. (2017-06-22)

UTSA scholars to study desensitization caused by violent video games
UTSA researchers Alberto Cordova and Gabriel Acevedo have received $14,000 to study whether demographic, socioeconomic and ecological factors offer a buffer to the desensitizing effects of violent video games. (2013-08-14)

Action video game play improves decision-making skills
People who play action video games are known for their fast reaction times compared to those who don't play the games. And it isn't that they are just (2010-09-13)

Mayo Clinic shows adding activity to video games fights obesity
If playing video games makes kids less active -- and contributes to obesity -- why not create more video games that require activity? (2007-01-04)

How long should children play video games?
A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental. The findings are published in the Annals of Neurology. (2016-10-12)

Links between video games and gambling run deeper than previously thought, study reveals
A new study suggests that a number of practices in video games, such as token wagering, real-money gaming, and social casino spending, are significantly linked to problem gambling. (2020-07-14)

Is video game addiction real?
A recent six-year study, the longest study ever done on video game addiction, found that about 90% of gamers do not play in a way that is harmful or causes negative long-term consequences. A significant minority, though, can become truly addicted to video games and as a result can suffer mentally, socially and behaviorally. (2020-05-13)

Playing action video games can boost learning
A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally. (2014-11-10)

Study shows video games highly effective training tools
Long derided as mere entertainment, new research now shows that organizations using video games to train employees end up with smarter, more motivated workers who learn more and forget less. (2010-10-19)

Violent video games found not to affect empathy
The link between playing violent video games and antisocial behavior, such as increased aggression and decreased empathy, is hotly debated. In a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology, the long-term effects of playing violent video games were investigated. This study found that empathy is not blunted by playing such games long-term. (2017-03-08)

Video games do not make vulnerable teens more violent
Do violent video games such as (2013-08-26)

Researchers identify risk-factors for addictive video-game use among adults
New research from the University of Missouri indicates escapism, social interaction and rewards fuel problematic video-game use among (2013-09-23)

Video games can power up from merely fun to meaningful experiences
It may be game over for critics who claim that video games are nothing more than a fun diversion. A team of researchers suggests that many games can be meaningful entertainment experiences for players. (2015-04-15)

Video games and violence
Writing today in the International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry, Patrick Kierkegaard of the University of Essex, England, suggests that there is scant scientific evidence that video games are anything but harmless and do not lead to real world aggression. Moreover, his research shows that previous work is biased towards the opposite conclusion. (2008-05-14)

Violent video games not linked to aggression in adults with autism
Following the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, some in the media and the public speculated a link existed between autism spectrum disorder and violence and, in particular, that violent video games may cause gamers with autism to act violently. Now, a study from the University of Missouri has found evidence to contradict this speculation. It is the first study to test the effects of violent video games on aggression in adults with autism spectrum disorder. (2015-04-14)

A reason why video games are hard to give up
Kids and adults will stay glued to video games this holiday season because the fun of playing actually is rooted in fulfilling their basic psychological needs. Psychologists at the University of Rochester, in collaboration with Immersyve Inc., a virtual environment think tank, asked 1,000 gamers what motivates them to keep playing. The results published in the journal Motivation and Emotion this month suggest that people enjoy video games because they find them intrinsically satisfying. (2006-12-26)

Genre may impact cognitive training using video games
Video games are quickly becoming a hot topic in cognitive training. Many see them as a potential tool to help patients improve their performance and memory, yet little is known about how different types of video games may affect white matter in the brain and cognition. (2017-10-02)

Interactive video games can cause a broad range of injuries
Interactive gaming devices can cause a broad range of injuries, from abrasions and sprains to shoulder, ankle and foot injuries, according to research presented Monday, Oct. 4, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. (2010-10-04)

Violent video games reduce brain response to violence and increase aggressive behavior
Scientists have known for years that playing violent video games causes players to become more aggressive. The findings of a new University of Missouri study provide one explanation for why this occurs: the brains of violent video game players become less responsive to violence, and this diminished brain response predicts an increase in aggression. (2011-05-25)

Children and teens with autism more likely to become preoccupied with video games
Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder use screen-based media, such as television and video games, more often than their typically developing peers and are more likely to develop problematic video game habits, a University of Missouri researcher found. (2013-04-17)

Computer games can teach schools some lessons
If schools adopted some of the strategies that video games use, they could educate children more effectively, according to Arizona State University professor James Gee. Gee, one of the first scholars to study the educational potential of video games, shared his expertise in a symposium at the AAAS annual meeting. (2010-02-19)

Mature-rated video games often include content not specified on warning labels
Over 80 percent of mature-rated video games portrayed acts involving violence, blood, sex, profanity or substances not included in the games' content warning labels, according to an article in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a theme issue on children and the media. (2006-04-03)

Action video games boost reading skills
Much to the chagrin of parents who think their kids should spend less time playing video games and more time studying, time spent playing action video games can actually make dyslexic children read better. In fact, 12 hours of video game play did more for reading skills than is normally achieved with a year of spontaneous reading development or demanding traditional reading treatments. (2013-02-28)

Human-like opponents lead to more aggression in video game players, UConn study finds
Video games that pit players against human-looking characters may be more likely to provoke violent thoughts and words than games where monstrous creatures are the enemy, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Wake Forest University. (2013-05-20)

Review of research shows that playing violent video games can heighten aggression
Violent video games can increase aggressive behavior in children and adolescents, both in the short- and long-term, according to an empirical review of the last 20 years of research. These findings are presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. (2005-08-19)

Video game 'exercise' for an hour a day may enhance certain cognitive skills
Playing video games for an hour each day can improve subsequent performance on cognitive tasks that use similar mental processes to those involved in the game, according to research published March 13 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Adam Chie-Ming Oei and Michael Donald Patterson of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. (2013-03-13)

UT study compares active video gaming to unstructured outdoor play
The increasing use of video games is often blamed for children's lack of interest in physical activity, but a study by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recently published in the Games for Health Journal suggests that active video games may actually be a source of moderate or intense physical activity in children five to eight years old. (2015-06-12)

Racing, shooting and zapping your way to better visual skills
Do your kids want a Wii, a PlayStation or an Xbox 360 this year? This holiday gift season is packed with popular gaming systems and adrenaline-pumping, sharpshooting games. What's a parent to do? Is there any redeeming value in the hours that teens spend transfixed by these video games? (2009-12-17)

Action video games improve vision
Video games that involve high levels of action, such as first-person-shooter games, increase a player's real-world vision, according to research in today's Nature Neuroscience. (2009-03-29)

Want to boost creativity? Try playing Minecraft
Video games that foster creative freedom can increase creativity under certain conditions, according to new research from Iowa State University. The experimental study compared the effect of playing Minecraft, with or without instruction, to watching a TV show or playing a race car video game. Those given the freedom to play Minecraft without instruction were most creative. (2019-07-08)

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