Your brain on video games – Daphne Bavelier

Your brain on video games – Daphne Bavelier

How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask. (Filmed at TEDxCHUV.)

Talk by Daphne Bavelier.


  1. PATATO YEETER on December 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I thought that she would be another mindless boomer but I was really surprised

  2. Snowball Slick on December 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    14:36 4 its 4

  3. Lady D on December 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    I’m also wondering if the specificity of action games having these effects relates in any way to our evolution? Meaning: most people feel a sort of adrenaline rush while playing those games.
    Is it the adrenaline, fight or flight, survival mode (in moderation, obviously) that is giving these benefits or the videos games specifically?
    I would think the former, seeing as we used to feel that adrenaline rush for actual life and death reasons and thus, would greatly benefit if our bodies were able to trigger these effects…someone do studies to answer my questions please =)

  4. Se Ra on December 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Go to h…l, f…d up video game advertiser. You are a pathetic creature.

  5. Scrim Gaming channel on December 25, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Games dont give bad vision in fact they help your vision
    Me:Colorblind and blind

  6. Davideo Jockey on December 25, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    borderlands 3 came out im gonna be overclocked at 5ghz running e commerce in the backround tab like a mofo

  7. Baldur Jökull on December 25, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    7:44 savage level uncountable

  8. Lady D on December 25, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    The study that showed an improvement in object rotation. The subjects got even better the 3rd time they tested…without the action games in between. So, was it the action games or repeating that type of testing?

    Need more information and repeatability on this one. On every study really but still.

  9. Sena Pena on December 25, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    15 hours a week? More like 15 hours an hour

  10. Carli Muzquiz on December 25, 2021 at 1:30 pm


  11. Butterz_xX on December 25, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Me: i can’t read
    Mom : eat carrots
    me: plays GTAV
    2 years later
    doctor : he has 20/20 vision
    Mom : you ate a lot of carrots
    Me: i robbed banks instead
    Me in games

  12. Pachanga Manga on December 25, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    They also said ciggarates was good back in the days

  13. Bastianhund10 Plays on December 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I wanna show this to my mom

  14. Brian Dorn on December 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve got Atari pong to thank for getting me through middle school in the seventies.

  15. jyoti kataria on December 25, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Mom: Son come and watch this
    Son: Mom can you please wait I am playing call of duty

  16. Bastianhund10 Plays on December 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Show this to boomers

  17. Deloxo on December 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    But BO3 is a caramel covered apple

  18. Aldin Lewis on December 25, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    The difficulty it seems to me is that people can’t separate the feeling a game gives them versus the factual effects. If a game was made that looked too educational no kid would ever want to play it, conversely if a game looks too much like a typical video game no educational groups will want to endorse it.
    There is further difficulty in that any game made to teach kids has to compete with games that only need to entertain. I think one other big problem is that most avid gamers don’t play games in 40min intervals and that’s talking about adults with learned ability to use self control, kids couldn’t stop themselves from playing hours on end even if they wanted to. Any game made to improve the skills of children needs to be able to be played for long periods of time. Ultimately this looks like a tough challenge of a hypothetical game.

  19. baisus13 on December 25, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    cried / died just a little at the end. so good

  20. Vegeta on December 25, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Do what about somebody like me who only plays rpgs and side scrollers?

  21. Lucky on December 25, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Paid by videogame industry

  22. jyoti kataria on December 25, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Come on the media is finding that video games are the next Saten

  23. TheSovjetCat on December 25, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Only slightly dissapointing that everyone outside of gaming, when talking about video games, can only come up with either ancient stuff like Pac Man and Mario, or the more violent excesses like God of War, Call of Duty or Mortal Kombat.
    And those aren’t even the highest rated by most gamers and critics.

    Otherwise nice video, it’s always good to see people informed about the fact that gaming isn’t just staring at a screen.

  24. Rina Buendia on December 25, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    most guys that play video games all the time are losers and still live at home look around and tell me I’m wrong

  25. 42ndSubject on December 25, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    right now I’m eating broccoli and dipping it on a chocolate it’s delicious 0_o

  26. Noyz Productions on December 25, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I’m at ODHKR

  27. Richard Avelino on December 25, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    2:00 homie running the red dot on the m4? C’mon man

  28. VOTE TRUMP 2020 on December 25, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Someone needs to tell this to Crooked Hillary Clinton, who currently has a war on violent video games:

  29. Lydia Kuan on December 25, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    As much as I agree with this speech, Ms. Bavelier seems to hit and miss the biggest arguement that
    resonates with the general audience of video gamers, and that would be the overall variety of games, and their effects.

    Yes, while a large percentage of gamers do play first person shooters or actions games, there are plenty that do not. Platformers, puzzles, RPGs, survival horror, and many others, serve as alternatives that millions of people choose to play (mainly out of preference) and the fact is that they lack actual representation when ‘outshined’ by stereotypes applied to gamers. For example, Mario may be considered the most well known video game character today, but when the average person (one who does not play themselves) imagines the concept of a ‘gamer,’ most situations are boys who play of Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.

    The problem is that this speech does little to go against this stereotyping by solely focusing on first person shooters. While I (personally) do appreciate the contribution it does to educate those outside the norm of gaming, it does little to help people comprehend the actual message portrayed by our modern day gaming cultures, and that is "Anyone can play and game of any genre." Even mentioning the sheer existence of an RPG would allow the audience to grasp a better understanding of the variety of video games, but the only message I really see here is "Action and Shooter games do present positive effect in contrary to previous beliefs," rather than "Video games (in general) have been proven to show positive effects."

    I understand that these TED talks are more or less meant to introduce the audience to a topic and let them explore it themselves, but when it comes down to something like this the alternative is either to generalize or specify, but never explain anything half heartedly. If the same idea were to apply to any other idea (ex: discussing the effects of art history and mentioning pre-historic but not contemporary art) would be significantly less effective when compared to the message left by the former and latter choices.

  30. Exequiel Vibar on December 25, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    thats why my eyes are so clear because of video games. and video games also helps when you are experiencing depression.

  31. Powder Hungry on December 25, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    @4:18 that is the best vision for action gamers? wtf. that is such a bad score haha

  32. N8zog on December 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    This, I like it

  33. NOT GOOD on December 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Phones:makes you blind
    Also phones with games:
    Helps you become not blind

  34. Trolmaster - on December 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    here are some video games that are "brocoli-cholate"

    god of war : greek mythology and greek tragedies
    bioshock : Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism
    team forterss 2 (a part of it) : socialilzing
    portal : people literally gain IQ from that game

  35. Meka on December 25, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Let me fix your games. Subscribe!

  36. Konstruktivist Neo on December 25, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    What’s the point if this video??? The ‘learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask’ does NOT make the gamer smarter, intellectual, or knowledgeable about anything – you can teach an airhead IDIOT or a ZOMBIE to ‘learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask’.

  37. Crazy Constanta on December 25, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Wow! That was interesting. ) Thank you for this video.
    It would be interesting if your lab would start to do a certification of all video-games and giving them sort of "Chocolate-broccoli" rating. )
    It should be helpful for everybody. )

  38. Jeremy Chase on December 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Those educational AND entertaining games? Myst (series), The Journeyman Project, Final Fantasy (series), Portal, Remember Me, Kingdom Hearts, Fable, Super Mario Bros., World of Warcraft…etc. There are many!

  39. HiiighAsAKite on December 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    The gamers in class seem to be the quickest at solving mental maths. Now I know why. 🙂

  40. MajkaSrajka on December 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    "Why are there no games that would do X for my child/grandparent etc. etc."

    There ARE. And IMO Sciencetists trying to create such game just for the sake of creating one will always fail, as they want to make game different from the thing that are on the market in some way (creating 1-1 and simply rebranding / advertising it in the other way seems non-productive as well).

    There are no good things when university analytics try to became producers themselves, and as she pointed out – trying to distill broccoli from the chocolate simply ends up with you having a broccoli that noone wants anyway, and trying to create better chocolate back from the broccoli is pretty hard – especially if you wanted simply better chocolate in the first place.

    Check one chocolate, distill broccoli, have your thesis, test it on the other chocolates, do more research. There are enough good chocolates on the market to test your theories on, dont try to make one as you will most likely fail.

  41. MrMrmetro on December 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Really resent when "theories" are presented as facts. The brain is way more complex than we can know at this time. Add to the equation that many sciences are tied to making money, how could anyone miss the conflict in interest in that?

  42. Maksym Dudyk on December 25, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    It looks like Daphne Bavelier works for game industry. Actually, video gaming can have its ups, but destructive impact is much bigger, though. Video games are stealing our life time, the most precious gift.

  43. Wugz on December 25, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    6 hours per day

  44. Stick on December 25, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Why do parents think where on the stone age it makes me mad

  45. Fl00bs on December 25, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    if video games taught me a thing. it would be that if there is an apocalypse I got my games to help 😛

  46. Snurf on December 25, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    But I like chocolate covered broccolli. ;-C

  47. MysticMylesZ on December 25, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I’d like to play this brain 🧠 chocolate 🍫 broccoli 🥦 game 😅

  48. gronsicle on December 25, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    soooooo she’s saying play more video games, right?

  49. Carter Able on December 25, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    It’s the new generation. Deal with it bitch.

  50. Yourgodisevil andsoareyou on December 25, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Broccoli plus chocolate?
    Where do I sign?

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