“We do MRI scans with the kids before and after they play the games,” Davidson explains. “We give them many different kinds of behavioral tests and apply other kinds of measures. We will be following these kids for some time.”


While details are not being shared at this early stage, the CIHM scientists involved in the project had difficulty hiding their excitement about this work. Davidson will say one thing for certain, though: An hour and a half of playing a videogame can actually produce a structural change in the brain. “Literally,” he says, “a change that is measurable.”


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