Research On Video Games And Mental Health

Research On Video Games And Mental Health

As we gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, it’s pretty safe to say many of us will indulge in some unhealthy behavior. Maybe it’s eating too much turkey and pie, maybe it’s watching too many football games, or maybe...

As we gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, it’s pretty safe to say many of us will indulge in some unhealthy behavior. Maybe it’s eating too much turkey and pie, maybe it’s watching too many football games, or maybe it’s non-stop video game playing. Like eating or watching TV, it’s often hard to say when video game habits have turned into unhealthy behavior. But it’s a question doctors and mental health specialists are thinking about more, particularly as video games become increasingly realistic and as developers find new ways to understand the playing habits of the consumer. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of video game playing on mental health.

Guests

Steve Henn

technology correspondent, NPR.

Dr. Courtney Conn

psychologist, The Wake Kendall Group. Dr. Conn specializes in child, adolescent, and family therapy.

Dr. John Krakauer

professor of neurology and neuroscience and director of the Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement Lab, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. David Greenfield

founder, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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