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This is Your Brain on Games

Reuters reports on findings published today in the Translational Psychiatry journal saying MRI scans show structural differences in the brains of frequent gamers, suggesting a similarity to those of addicts, though they are not clear if gaming causes the differences, or vice versa. Here's a bit:

"These findings demonstrate that the ventral striatum plays a significant role in excessive video-game playing and contributes to our understanding of behavioral addiction," Simone Kuehn of Belgium's Ghent University and Juergen Gallinat of Germany's Charite University Medicine wrote in their study

Video-gaming has become hugely popular in recent years, particularly among teenagers. The average weekly usage in this experiment was around 12 hours a week.

There is an ongoing debate among doctors and researchers about whether excessive video-gaming should be recognized as an addiction and seen as a form of mental disorder.

While the German researchers found keen gamers had structural differences in their brains compared to those who played less frequently, they were not able to say whether this was a cause of eagerness to play video-games or a change that had come about as a result of their habit.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones of the neuroscience division at Imperial College London said the findings were highly relevant to clinicians because they "further close the gap" between video-gaming and other addictions, giving specialists a better understanding of possible long-term treatment options.

"The exciting next step will be to determine, as with other addictions, whether volumetric differences are a cause or effect of excessive human behavior," she said in an emailed comment about the study.

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12. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 11:28 Creston
 
I am undoubtedly addicted to video games. So what?

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11. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 10:54 eRe4s3r
 
You know, as far as conspiracies go thats a pretty damn cool one..

1) Gov can't make shit tons of money from exercise, sex or games or drugs
2) Gov can make shit tons of money from smoking and drinking
3) Gov now classifies #1 as addictions to be combated so that people switch over to #2
4) More tax income
5) Profit

Wow.... the sad thing is that would make sense (for the gov) to do.. which is probably why they are doing it
 
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10. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 09:53 Shataan
 
hmmmm But Government can make huge dough off of tobacco and liquer sales, get the whole Nation addicted.... and that is A OK... right? Not to mention not properly tested pharmacuticals that can and do kill peeps on a reg basis, but are still out on the market.

"is Cialis good for you? May cause flatulance, butt dribbles, heart attack, cancer, memory loss.... irregularity and or death etc etc etc... ask your Doctor tho is Cialis ir right.... for you"

you get the picture right?

I think there is a whole host of issues being totally ignored in our society.... that should be fixed 1st, but maybe Government controlled addictions ARE ok.
 
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9. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 09:20 Ant
 
I don't even have a brain.  
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8. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 09:14 Bard
 
Could it possibly be that, like exercise, exercising the brain results in brain growth in the areas used? Exercising the eye makes your vision sharper - so you're addicted to looking? You expose your skin to sun and it darkens - you're addicted to exposing yourself?

Seems pretty bloody obvious doesn't it.

BUT - with gaming so prevalent, there's a whole untapped market for the Pharmacuticals - treating of video game addiction - this could be their biggest thing since ADD.

What's next? because you have bigger arms because you lift weights your exercise addicted?

F@*K off.
 
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7. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 08:56 eRe4s3r
 
One could even go so far as to call the classification of "unwanted behavior" that is not inherently damaging anyone in any way, including the "addict", downright fascist.

There is no such thing as a SEX addiction. That'd be like saying you are addicted to being happy! What a god damn retarded research that is. Of course humans will do what makes them happy as often as they can....

And these people get paid for that? To find a cure for happiness?
 
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6. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 16, 2011, 00:14 MisterBenn
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 15, 2011, 23:58:
Pfft, 12 hours a week? I guess that means I'm somewhere around quintuple-screwed...

Do you have a giant lump on the side of your head which bulges to contain a massively overdeveloped reward centre? In some circles it's a badge of honour!
 
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5. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 15, 2011, 23:58 jacobvandy
 
Pfft, 12 hours a week? I guess that means I'm somewhere around quintuple-screwed...  
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4. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 15, 2011, 23:31 Alamar
 
That is some crazy shit... heh...

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3. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 15, 2011, 23:13 HorrorScope
 
Greed is an addiction and has been around forever, how about addressing that one first?  
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2. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 15, 2011, 22:09 Rattlehead
 
Hey, if they have ridiculous disorders like porn and sex addiction, why not video games? At least with tobacco or alcohol addictions there is hard science that proves that they have chemicals which cause a dependency.

I think these "addictions" are just behavioral disorders. Nothing physically addicting about them.
 
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1. Re: This is Your Brain on Games Nov 15, 2011, 21:57 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Anyone who's ever looked into translational psychiatry will wonder if we're taking a step back into the dark ages.  
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