Video games might actually benefit the brains of the children who play them. In a new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers at the University of Vermont collected data from over 2,200 children between the ages of 9 and 10. The children performed two cognitive tasks while undergoing functional MRIs. The researchers looked at whether children who played 3 or more hours per day differed in their performance and brain activation patterns during the cognitive tasks compared to children who didn’t play video games at all. The researchers observed that the children who played video games outperformed the non-video gamers on both cognitive tests. They also appeared to have faster reaction times and superior working memory, along with brain function improvements in areas involved in vision, attention and memory processing.