A new scientific study suggests that video gaming may be associated with better cognitive performance in children.
Researchers at the University of Vermont in Burlington tested two groups of children.
Those who played video games for at least 21 hours a week.
Those who did not play at all.
Researchers found that the gamers did better than non-gamers in tests where they had to control impulsive behavior or memorize information.
Gamers' brains also showed more activity in regions associated with attention and memory.
Research didn't examine whether the type of video game the kids played affected their cognitive skills.
But the researchers said that the genre of the game may have different effects for brain development.
Children who reported playing video games for three or more hours per day were more likely to report higher mental health and behavioral issues compared with non playing children.
The study only looked at the association between gaming and cognitive skills.
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