Video games can increase your brain capacity – study

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 03:50 GMT By Mike Irving

Researchers in Berlin report that regularly playing video games can increase the power of certain sections of the brain, and may be able to help counteract mental diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

As reported in Molecular Psychiatry and Max Planck Society, researchers used MRI scans to determine the difference between a group who played Super Mario 64, for 30 minutes a day over two months, and a control group who played no video games during that period.

The study found that participants who had played the game exhibited “significant gray matter increase in right hippocampal formation, right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the bilateral cerebellum”. These areas of the brain are associated with skills in “spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills of the hands.”

Even more interesting is that participants who expressed a strong desire to continue playing the game showed the most pronounced changes.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. xxJPRACERxx

    I think I’ve read something similar somewhere… but I can’t remember.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. monkees19

    I’m going to guess you were part of the study group that didn;t play then :)

    #2 11 months ago
  3. polygem

    playing mario increases brain size, playing gears of war increases dick size. i know. i played both a lot.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    It’s obvious that doing tasks that require spatial recognition, memory, problem solving ability and hand eye coordination improve spatial recognition, memory, problem solving ability and hand eye coordination.

    @3 Playing Gears of War increases perceived dick size. Playing Vanquish increases your chances to score hot chicks. Playing it skillfully increases the intensity of her orgasms. FACT!

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Pytox

    @4 and playing crysis 3 on pc on ultra settings makes your eyes bleed :p

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Fin


    #6 11 months ago
  7. noamlol2

    i’m a hardcore gamer with a massive IQ and i can approve

    #7 11 months ago

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