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Investigating the Effects of Computer Games on Older Australians

Older Australians who enjoy testing their skills on computer games are invited to take part in to a study on the impacts of computer games on people over the age of 60.

Griffith University PhD student, Milton Nyawata says while a great deal of research has been done on the impacts of computer games on the young, he is interested in finding out what potential benefits they may bring to older people.

The Clinical Psychology researcher said the project will increase understanding of the cognitive and socio-emotional differences between seniors who play video games and those who don’t.

“The study is looking to assess the social and emotional benefits of video game playing in people aged 60 years and older, including how this virtual interaction might reduce loneliness, anxiety, depression, and stress,” Milton says. “This could lead to the development of a greater number of video games which could boost the overall quality of life for older adults.”

Participants in the study will be asked to complete a survey which will ask questions assessing physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional well-being. It’s estimated the survey will take approximately an hour to complete.

If you are interested in taking part in the study, or would like more information, Milton Nyawata can be contacted at m.nyawata@griffith.edu.au.

The Survey Link: http://griffithbbh.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2o6Cx2p3oNT1Y21