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This is Your Brain on Multiplayer

Ars Technica reports on a research study where MRI scans demonstrate different types of brain activity in a game player if they thought they were playing against a human opponent, rather than a computer. The study indicates that three areas of the brain are more engaged when the subjects thought they were playing against a human, an effect more pronounced in men than women. Here's some of the takeaway of the Ars author:

The human brain appears to try to parse the intentions of others by engaging its own decision-making process; in short, it appears to model another person's mind by seeing what it would do if it were in that other person's skull. The three areas of the brain that the authors identify are involved, in part, in making executive decisions for that brain's owner, in addition to evaluating other people's executive decisions. So, the fact that they're busier when a person thinks they're playing another human could also be interpreted as them focusing harder on an identical decision making process.

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10. Re: This is Your Brain on Multiplayer Feb 6, 2009, 14:27 dubfanatic
 
Now this is the kind of video game research I can respect.  
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