People who play video games are more likely to experience emotional states that are similar to those experienced by those who have mental health problems, according to research.
The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, suggests that playing games is also helping people cope with depression and anxiety.
The study examined how video games can help people learn to identify emotional states.
Participants who played games for at least 30 minutes a day for 12 months were shown videos of people who had experienced a range of emotions, including grief, frustration and anger.
They were also asked how they felt, which may indicate emotional states, such as anxiety.
In a separate study, researchers found that playing video games has a strong effect on the brains of gamers.
Those who played at least five hours a week for two months were more likely than those who did not play to have higher levels of the brain chemicals oxytocin and vasopressin, a hormone that helps people bond with others.
Those with higher levels were also more likely for people to report feelings of guilt or shame, according the study.
In addition to helping people learn emotional states in the real world, the findings suggest that playing certain games can be helpful in learning new coping strategies.
These include playing games that focus on a specific emotion or action, such a video game that focuses on anger, or playing games where you can manipulate certain elements of the game, such to make the game easier or more challenging.
The findings suggest there is a role for video games in teaching cognitive skills, including how to use them to develop cognitive processes that can help with the social and emotional challenges people face.
“This is a new approach to how to learn new skills and it can help in many areas of life,” said lead author Andrew C. Gendron, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Utah.
“I think this will be helpful for people who are in need of help with coping with these emotions,” he said.
“It also shows that there are things that can be learned that could help people who have difficulty with these kinds of problems.”
People with mental health issues have different kinds of challenges and they often need different kinds to overcome them.
There is a need for these cognitive skills to help people manage these challenges.
“The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.