THE VARYING MISCONCEPTIONS AND TRUE EFFECTS OF VIDEOGAMES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING
by Gregory Guyumdzhyan
Category: Social Sciences
Abstract – This paper explores a variety of published articles and prior research that aim to defog the association between video games and psychological function, and whether they hinder or aid this key function. There are a variety of articles that debate this topic, with some arguing that videogames can lead to mental disorders and mishaps, and others that argue that they are beneficial to the human mind, with some arguing that these can serve as a medical treatment for some. A fundamental that many of these articles lacked was data or research to back them up, and most of those that did display the usefulness and of the use of videogames in psychological function. Through research and studies from Oxford University, Stetson University, and the Victoria University of Wellington, it becomes clear that in controlled quantities videogames of all types can serve as forms of comfort and therapy, aiding the psychological function of the brain and overall wellbeing for many.