I looked into the effect of video games on cognitive development...with not-so-shocking results:
Because of my recent re-involvement with video games, I decided to look into how beneficial they might actually be. Well, turns out they aren't. It was assumed that by having players need to strategic planning and constant vigilance for sneak-attacks, video games would boost cognitive development, especially in games such as Medal of Honor. This idea however is "fundamentally flawed" according to Florida State University professor of Psychology Walter Boot. Past studies, he said, didn't take into account that people with better cognitive skills may just be drawn to gaming (instead of gaming making for better cognitive skills). "If people are playing games to improve their cognition, they may be wasting their time," Boot said. "Play games because you enjoy them, not because they could boost your brain power."