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Violent Games Affect Brain Function

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 04:20PM

Before getting to the news, this research does not really come down on either side of the ‘Are video games bad for kids?’ debate.

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine have recently released their findings into how violent video games can affect a young man’s brain. Starting with 28 men, aged 18-29, who had little exposure to violent video games, two groups of 14 were formed. One group served as the control and did not play video games for two weeks, while the others played a shooting game for 10 hours at home for one week, and did not play the next week. Before the experiment began, and after one and two weeks had passed, the researchers performed fMRI scans on the men to measure the activation of certain areas of the brain.

The men who had played the video games for a week had shown reduced activation in parts of the brain linked to emotional control and aggressive behavior. This was found after the week of gaming, but the exam the following week showed activation levels returning to those of the control group, though still not the same.

This indicates there is a long-term effect on brain functions by violent video games. However, this research does not explicitly link violent behavior to video games. Continued gaming could possibly lead to behavioral changes, but such a conclusion is beyond this study.

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Stonerboy779 on December 6, 2011 10:12PM
"Continued gaming could possibly lead to behavioral changes" Continued anything can lead to behavioral changes, devoting large amounts of time to anything can have adverse affects. My biggest gripe with violent games being blamed for violence is that the hyper realistic war games are never banned or forced to tone down the violence to make it into a classification. I do believe this has a lot to do with desensitizing people to war and encouraging more people to join defense forces. Whereas other games like the ever popular Mortal Kombat was banned in it's latest release as too violent. it was argued that it could promote acts of violence in younger children. Lets be honest here which is more likely someone plays MK9 then decides to go down the street with their harpoon and stick someone with it shouting "get over here: or someone takes a firearm and decides to try off a few shots. While I don't beleive anyone would even go out and shoot someone after playing a game. it is more likely that someone that has mental stability issues to begin with would shoot rather than act out something from other games that have been banned.
ClayMeow on December 6, 2011 10:40PM
Dumb survey is dumb. If a male between the age of 18-29 has little exposure to violent video games, they're obviously not a gamer, so maybe they just don't have the correct mechanisms to deal with what they're experiencing like someone who is a true gamer. God, I hate researchers.
Guest_Jim_* on December 7, 2011 10:52AM
Or maybe the researchers wanted to learn about humans without such mechanisms. No one is born a "true gamer" after all, so those mechanisms would have to develop.
DanTheGamer11 on December 7, 2011 06:37AM
Don't see why it's dumb, they are still humans, weak puny humans.
scorpain on December 8, 2011 02:13PM
Agreed, however their backgrounds should have been taken into effect, or some may see the people in front of them to be "real" and have some slight mental problems to begin with, but there's no doubt that TV, Media and video games have a negative effect on everyone, no matter how much you play watch or read, theres an addiction to play more, buy the next game, find the money to do so, finding time to play again ect. BUT, who cares, because its all so much FUN!!!

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