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Feeling Stressed During the Workday? Research Says Playing Video Games May Help

More than half of Americans regularly experience cognitive fatigue related to stress, frustration, and anxiety while at work. Those in safety-critical fields, such as air traffic control and health care, are at an even greater risk for cognitive fatigue, which could lead to errors. Given the amount of time that people spend playing games on their smartphones and tablets, a team of human factors/ergonomics researchers decided to evaluate whether casual video game play is an effective way to combat workplace stress during rest breaks.

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Gaming, Video Games, game development, media education, Computer Science, Marketing, Broadcasting, esports, Creative Media Industries Institute, David Cheshier

Georgia State University Introduces eSports Programs

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Georgia State University has introduced programs for students interested in eSports, organized multiplayer video game competitions among players that are often broadcast, and which have spurred the development of collegiate teams at institutions across the United States.

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Playing Action Video Games Can Actually Harm Your Brain

It's true they're good for short-term memory, but "shooter" games could also cause atrophy in the brain, according to Canadian researchers.

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Video Game to Be Based on Book by S&T History Professor

A book by a Missouri University of Science and Technology history professor is the basis for a tactical wartime video game set for release in 2018.

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3-D Printing Sweeps Toy Manufacturing Off the Shelves

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People have scoffed that 3-D printers are simply toys themselves. But they probably didn't realize how much money is made off playthings. Do-it-yourself (DIY) manufacturing—making goods at home with a 3-D printer using open source designs from a free online repository—has a multimillion-dollar impact on the overall toy industry.

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The Cutting EDGE: New Virtual Training Prepares First Responders for Active Shooter Incidents

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Amidst the chaos of an active shooter event, preparedness is key to a seamless, swift and effective response—and a new video game funded by DHS S&T and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory just might do the trick.

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Video Games Offer Active Military and Veterans Coping Mechanism for Stress

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While most research on the topic focuses on gaming’s role in clinical settings, West Virginia University research seeks to understand how everyday gameplay can provide military and veterans self-directed coping strategies to manage their physical and psychological stressors.

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Board Game Helps Mexican Coffee Farmers Grasp Complex Ecological Interactions

A chess-like board game developed by University of Michigan researchers helps small-scale Mexican coffee farmers better understand the complex interactions between the insects and fungi that live on their plants—and how some of those creatures can help provide natural pest control.

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Digital Game Intervention Improves Mental Health and Educational Outcomes of Syrian Refugee Children

Digital games can effectively teach refugee children much-needed skills – including a new language, cognitive skills, and coding – while also improving their mental health, finds research by New York University, the City University of New York, and Turkey’s Bahcesehir University.

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Scientists ID 100 Memory Genes, Open New Avenues of Brain Study

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Scientists have identified more than 100 genes linked to memory, opening new avenues of research to better understand memory processing in the human brain.







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