Issues and advances in research methods on video games and cognitive abilities

Bart Sobczyk , Paweł Dobrowolski , Maciek Skorko , Jakub Michalak , Aneta Brzezicka


The impact of video game playing on cognitive abilities has been the focus of numerous studies over the last 10 years. Some cross-sectional comparisons indicate the cognitive advantages of video game players (VGPs) over non-players (NVGPs) and the benefits of video game trainings, while others fail to replicate these findings. Though there is an ongoing discussion over methodological practices and their impact on observable effects, some elementary issues, such as the representativeness of recruited VGP groups and lack of genre differentiation have not yet been widely addressed. In this article we present objective and declarative gameplay time data gathered from large samples in order to illustrate how playtime is distributed over VGP populations. The implications of this data are then discussed in the context of previous studies in the field. We also argue in favor of differentiating video games based on their genre when recruiting study samples, as this form of classification reflects the core mechanics that they utilize and therefore provides a measure of insight into what cognitive functions are likely to be engaged most. Additionally, we present the Covert Video Game Experience Questionnaire as an example of how this sort of classification can be applied during the recruitment process.
Author Bart Sobczyk
Bart Sobczyk,,
, Paweł Dobrowolski
Paweł Dobrowolski,,
, Maciek Skorko
Maciek Skorko,,
, Jakub Michalak
Jakub Michalak,,
, Aneta Brzezicka (Wydział Psychologii)
Aneta Brzezicka,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2015
Publication size in sheets0
Keywords in Englishvideo games, cognition, cognitive training, transfer of training, methodology
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2015 = 0.942; WoS Impact Factor: 2015 = 2.463 (2) - 2015=2.885 (5)
Citation count*13 (2021-03-05)
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