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Posts tagged “Gaming Science News”

Feature: Who's behind the science?

Gaming Brain Studies & Who’s Behind Them

A number of people have got in touch to let us know about a new study that has been published, identifying once again that violent videogames may have an effect on the brain of the player. It's a finding that, in general, is worth taking notice of - last week I wrote about a meta-analysis discussion conducted by Nature that showed a consensus amongst researchers…

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Ban “Call Of Duty 3”, Cries Keith Vaz

Oh sigh, as soon as we report some balanced coverage of the effects of gaming, of course Keith Vaz appears once more to make everyone feel stupid again. He's tabled an Early Day Motion to condemn Modern Warfare 3, presumably after some careful analysis to make sure such a thing would bring him maximum attention. Well, actually he's condemning "Call Of Duty 3", which is…

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Feature: To Science!

Nature’s Neuroscientific Review Of Games

The presence of videogaming matters in scientific papers has, of late, become a somewhat depressing prospect. With both formerly respectable/respected scientists making unsupported claims without evidence, and published papers basing conclusions on woeful errors and contradictions, the one place where you'd think you could look for balanced, reasoned thought on a subject sometimes seems to have abandoned us. But there is light. Nature, surely the…

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Feature: For Science?

Is Baroness Greenfield A Nuclear Bomb?

No. No she is not. But Baroness Greenfield recently came under some considerable fire for making inaccurate and unevidenced claims about gaming's effects on the brain. The once highly respected scientist has now become a go-to for the worst sorts of anti-scientific scaremongering. It's one thing when a Melanie Phillips type writes any old rubbish that falls out of her face, but when it's the…

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FPS Players Make Accurate Decisions Faster

More medical news from University of Rochester, NY, who have long been experts in gaming science. Their most recent research shows that action games help us with quick decision-making. The study by Daphne Bavelier, Alexandre Pouget, and C. Shawn Green shows that shooter-playing gamers make faster decisions that are no less accurate than their The Sims-playing counterparts. "It's not the case that the action game…

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Gaming Science News

Hello! Welcome to Gaming Science News, the blogpost that happens when there's a load of gaming science news to report. Are all those grants for research into the science of electronic gaming finally producing some useful insight into the favourite pastime of the 21st century human-person? Can gaming help you be the best at thinking? Should you play Tetris immediately after a terrorist attack? Let's…

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