Meta-Analysis of the Effect of Mental and Real Games on Mental Functions

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Play is a part of human life from birth to death. Man needs thinking for his mental and social development and play is the basis of thinking. Therefore, purposeful planning of the game can be used to increase the functions of the mind. In fact, researchers have discovered the potential cause of games to support learning, and have found that games have a positive effect on learning and mind function. The aim of this study was to integrate the research conducted in the field of the effect of games on mental functions and also to achieve a general result based on scattered results using statistical methods.


The present study was conducted by meta-analysis method and with a systematic review of research conducted in this field. The statistical population includes 23 studies on the effect of games on mental functions that have been conducted over the past two decades. The total statistical sample size of the studies conducted in this meta-analysis is 1631 people, 100% of which included both sexes. In this study, the data was analyzed using a meta-analysis method and CMA software.


The findings of this meta-analysis indicated that the effect size of mental and real games on the mental function of consciousness and creativity has the greatest effect with the value of 0.653 and other mental functions are respectively language and memory with an effect size of 0.409 and thoughts, perceptions and imaginations with an effect size of 0.345, which get the least effect from mental and real games.


The results of the present study indicated that both mental and real games are effective in increasing the mental functions of the citizens. Therefore, considering the importance of this issue, it seems that by playing these games, you can influence mental functions and provide success and increase these functions.

Journal of Transcendental Education, Volume:2 Issue: 3, 2022
61 to 81  
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