The Impact of Computer Action Games on the Cognitive System: a Short Review

The aim of this review is showing the impact of playing computer action games on the cognitive processes- mostly on attention. Firstly, we described results from behavioral research indicating that the influence of playing computer games on attention, working memory, short-term memory or cognitive flexibility is not consistent. Secondly, results checking the impact of training connected with computer action games on event-related potentials (such as: N1, P1, P2, P3) are mentioned. Additionally, we present longitudinal studies carried out to investigate the persistence of computer action game training on cognitive abilities. Finally, we give some critical view of factors such as: playing experience, kind of game, participants’ sex and motivation which can affect the result of mentioned studies.