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Jul182016

Brain Connectivity and Video Game Addiction

Pokemon Go, a game that allows users to catch Pokemon while walking around, has taken the world by storm. The app has surpassed Netflix, Twitter, and Tinder in popularity.  The game’s immense success got me curious about video game addiction and the neuroscience behind it.

In a study published in Addiction Biology in December 2015, researchers found that there were differences in brain connectivity in adolescent boys who were compulsive video game players compared to boys without the disorder. fMRI was performed on 106 boys aged 10-19 who were being treated for Internet gaming disorder and 80 boys without the disorder. In those with Internet gaming disorder, brain regions associated with vision and hearing (auditory cortex and frontal eye field) had enhanced connection to the motor cortex and  “salience network”, which focuses attention on important events and response action. Researchers also found increased coordination between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the temporoparietal junction, which has also been seen in patients with neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, Down’s syndrome, and autism. The study was a collaboration between Chung-Ang University School of Medicine in South Korea and the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The researchers stated that it’s unknown whether persistent video gaming causes rewiring of the brain or whether individuals with differently wired brains are drawn to video games. While Pokemon Go has benefitted its users by increasing fitness and becoming a social experience, it has also caused accidents due to distracted users. Pokemon Go certainly seems to have gained quite a following. Who knows what an fMRI study could reveal… 

-CW

Resources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151221194124.htm

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/adb.12347/abstract

http://www.popsci.com/brains-video-game-addicted-teens-are-hyper-connected

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    This is the most stupid game ever. How can adult people play this game? Pokemon Go is not what students should be concerned with. I believe there could be much more interesting and interactive games to overwhelm young generation.
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    Subsequent to playing Pokemon, I began googling to see what others made and pondered how they would plan their own particular Pokemon diversion. I am basically certain that it will require more advancement or development time, I mean one year is sufficient to make it as indicated by the system.
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    Who knows what an fMRI study could reveal…

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