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Effects of playing action videogames on cognitive performance

Department of Psychology

About the Project

Previous research suggests that playing action videogames, especially first-person shooters, has beneficial effects on different mechanisms of attention such as attention to time, space, and objects (Bavelier & Green, 2019). For example, action videogame players outperformed non-videogame players in tracking multiple moving objects (Green & Bavelier, 2006; Trick et al., 2005). But is playing action videogames also associated with working memory, executive functions, and reasoning? And, if so, are these associations affected by the level of gaming expertise? The goal of this project is to answer these research questions with cross-sectional and longitudinal studies as well as with computational modelling techniques. This project can also offer opportunities to investigate the research question with neuroscientific methods.

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Funding Notes

Self funded or externally sponsored students only. Intakes are usually October and March annually.

NB The University has some scholarships under competition each year. More details can be found - View Website


* Bavelier & Green (2019). Enhancing Attentional Control: Lessons from Action Video Games. Neuron, 104(1), 147-163.

* Bavelier et al. (2012). Brain plasticity through the life span: Learning to learn and action video games. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 35, 391-416.

* von Bastian & Oberauer (2014). Effects and mechanisms of working memory training: A review. Psychological Research, 78(6), 803-820.

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