Could Playing Game That Make You Smarter?

Playing football game with friend

Playing game can develop our brain? This statement has been confirmed by many authoritative research institutions. However, that’s not enough to convince people, the experimental results and data cited unable to withstand scrutiny.

When your mom stops you to play games, you will still use the statement tell them, “play game can make me smarter”. In past, your mom may fight you, but now, playing games for money become possible, your mom may support you instead?

Are we really become smarter?

It is necessary to explain the essence of game: whether it is a chess game or a video game, they have an undeniable common feature interaction. The essence of interaction is a kind of hand-brain linkage, which is an important means for human beings to communicate with the outside world.

Human beings like all animals, cannot work forever and endlessly. So, the game is our most important pastime (from a broad perspective, entertainment such as movies and TV can be called a human game too), the birth of the game may be due to human loneliness.

Watch TV with a cup of coffee

The game’s essence kind of simulation, but none of the game is completely fabricated, it all comes from our cognition and re-conception of the real world.

Under the simulation, we can use the simple tools (stones, branches or mouse, keyboard) in leisure to weaken the hand part of the activity, keep the brain active and enjoy it (when you play a game, must of time you don’t need intense action, just use hand for the control requirements, then leading your brain to enjoy the game).

Tapping your game keyboard

This kind of mental activity is often highly repetitive, however, repetition is the necessary way for the brain to learn new knowledge and skills.

When the activity is repeated enough, the brain will form a corresponding loop system and forming a neural memory, which is the learning process of the brain, call neural training.

What is the correlation between neural training and brain development?

It’s similar between study and neural training through play games, but we can still clearly, then point out the difference between them. We feel bored and wasted about the knowledge in the book, instead, we feel interested and unforgettable about the skills and operations in the game.

What is causing the difference between these?

The answer is reward and feedback mechanisms.

In fact, when people doing something they don’t really like such as study or work, negative and dark side emotion slowly generated, there must be some positive fulcrum to support them.

A positive incentive can use the positive hints of the person to make psychological hints affect people, making them more inspirational.

Most people can’t define themselves, so they will always set a certain goal to achieve, making them still feel living. However, the real-life’s reward and feedback cycle are long, which caused laziness and negative, people will doubt the goals they set.

A chess game can help you be smarter

The game provides a very controllable reward mechanism that greatly reduces the time to get feedback and rewards, it allowing players more quickly and directly achieve a sense of accomplishment after their efforts.

This sense of accomplishment is a kind of positive motivation that will constantly push you to complete one challenge after another. That’s why people like playing game and feel great at all.

If rote education is a high-pressure passive learning method, then the game’s reward mechanism is a positive initiative learning process.

A sense of accomplishment and satisfaction is an indispensable spiritual desire of human beings. In the game, you can quickly gain them. This fast and effective intracranial orgasm is also a kind of neural training. Gradually, your brain is accustomed to gain these feelings that you don’t need to take long times and much effort.

However, back to reality, because of the work required for livelihood, when you need to study or labor for a long time, you may easily give up, because you are already accustomed to getting a reward in a short time.

Playing computer game

The brain’s self-protection mechanism interferes with all brain-intensive activities, using lazy emotions to warning people. That’s why humans being born like indulge in ease, comfort, and dislike labor.

The fast reward mechanism of the game, while positive incentives, seems to be paralyzing our spirit. Modern people seem to have been able to replace their sense of accomplishment from real life by playing games.

When your life reach the down place, stay at your comfort zone then adjust your mind

Intelligence refers to the ability of people to understand, understand the subject matter and apply knowledge, experience and other problem-solving skills, including memory, observation, imagination, thinking, judgment and so on. I saw two key points there, recognize things and solve the problem.

We aren’t longer like monkeys, because our intelligence has been increased higher, our understanding has made a big leap, and with qualitative changes.

The average human intelligence can be promoted through the sharing and teaching of high-intelligence leaders, who we call teachers or prophets in past. I believe that there are teachers in any field, and the field of games is no exception.

We often explore the entertainment and artistry of the game, because we have indeed acquired some novel, grotesque, stimulating, rare things and ideas from the game. That satisfies our curiosity and inspires us simultaneously just like all traditional art.

In my opinion, people who indulge in the reward mechanism are contrary to people’s original curiosity, therefore, the game market won’t be monopolized, because it’s difficult to fully satisfy a person’s curiosity by only one game.

Players are always playing several games, so once a new game is released, even that’s not the taste you like, you may still follow its information.

Game list ready to play

Are games really make people smarter?

I think it’s necessarily related to your definition of “smartness”.

A game player who always proficient and intelligent than other players in his own expert area, because he has enough repetitive training. In the real world related fields, it also shows more or less the effect of some kind of “training”.

However, if I suddenly asked myself, did the game really make me smart? I can’t remember how much time I spent in the game, how many year’s experiences I get in the game.

There we need to talk about “Opportunity Cost”. If I put the time I spend on games to another place such as learning foreign languages, expertise, or study harder, I will get more, aren’t I? If you say yes, the article should stop here.

I suddenly thought that after “training”, and before “learning”, something was habitually forgotten by us – it’s “thinking”. Therefore, are games really make people smarter? If a game can make me start thinking, then my answer is yes.

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