Effects of video game play on executive functioning in young adult males: A randomized controlled trial

Research institution: Indiana University

Researchers: Dr. William Kronenberger

Training program used in research: Cogmed RM

Status: Completed

Summary
Currently, the impact of media exposure on executive functioning is a contested issue. Some research has indicated that exposure to violence in the media is linked to greater inattention; whereas other studies have show improved peripheral attention and processing speed following video game play. This study is intended to investigate the impact of one to two weeks of violent video game play on executive functioning compared to Cogmed Working Memory Training. Forty-nine healthy adult males ages 18 -29 years will either: a) play 2 weeks of violent video games, b) play 1 week of violent video games followed by 1 week of Cogmed, c) play 1 week of violent video games followed by no game play or d) play no video games at all (passive control).