Study: Playing lots of video games may benefit kids' brains – Axios

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A new scientific study suggests that children who frequently play video games out-performed non-gamers at tasks involving impulse control and memory.
Why it matters: It turns out playing video games might be good for the brain.
Details: The study of more than 2,000 children, ages 9 and 10, was conducted by researchers at the University of Vermont’s department of psychiatry. It tested children who game at least 21 hours a week and those who didn’t play at all.
The study’s authors isolated game-playing as the differentiating factor, ruling out gender, parental income and even video viewing, among other variables.
Yes, but: The scientists could not establish cause and effect.
The big picture: The report adds to a body of research suggesting that playing video games, a pastime often dismissed as frivolous, unhealthy or even dangerous, may impart health benefits and that some games can even be used as medicine.
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