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Video game use and cognitive performance: does it vary with the presence of problematic video game use?

Collins, Emily ORCID: and Freeman, Jonathan 2014. Video game use and cognitive performance: does it vary with the presence of problematic video game use? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 17 (3) , pp. 153-159. 10.1089/cyber.2012.0629

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failures to replicate these video game player advantages have indicated that this relationship may not be straightforward. Moreover, despite the discovery that problematic video game players do not appear to demonstrate the same superior performance as nonproblematic video game players in relation to multiple object tracking paradigms, this has not been investigated for other tasks. Consequently, this study compared gamers and nongamers in task switching ability, visual short-term memory, mental rotation, enumeration, and flanker interference, as well as investigated the influence of self-reported problematic video game use. A total of 66 participants completed the experiment, 26 of whom played action video games, including 20 problematic players. The results revealed no significant effect of playing action video games, nor any influence of problematic video game play. This indicates that the previously reported cognitive advantages in video game players may be restricted to specific task features or samples. Furthermore, problematic video game play may not have a detrimental effect on cognitive performance, although this is difficult to ascertain considering the lack of video game player advantage. More research is therefore sorely needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
ISSN: 2152-2715
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:17

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