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Should You Really Play Video Games?

Synopsis
Horizon finds out if the brains and behaviour of a generation are being shaped by the hours spent playing video games. The film reports on how developers engineer their games to make sure they reach the sweet spot between frustration and boredom for the gamer, and looks at some of the scientific tests being carried out around the world to understand the impact of gaming on behaviour, physiology and neurobiology. Do gamers who play the most violent games show more violent behaviour? Are gamers better at spatial navigation? And just how addictive are video games?
Series
Horizon
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Notes
First broadcast BBC2 16 September 2015.
Subjects
Psychology
Keywords
addiction; behavioural psychology; neurobiology; physiology - human; video games; violent behaviour

Credits

Director
Graham Russell
Producer
Graham Russell

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£195
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2016

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
bbcactivevideoforlearning@pearson.com
Web
http://www.bbcactivevideoforlearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7010 2751 or 2760
Fax
020 7010 6965
Address
Mezzanine
80 Strand
London
WC2R 0RL
Notes
BBC Active is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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