Taiwanese Doctor: Games Cause Brain Damage

According to Doctor Chou Yuan-hua, from the department of Psychiatry of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, gamers risk damaging their brain functions and affect their learning and emotional control.

The Taiwanese doctor monitored the blood circulation in the brains of 30 test subject, all 25 years old, before and after playing a video game for 30 minutes.

Doctor Chou Yuan-hua noticed an obvious decrease in blood flow in the frontal lobe of the brain, as well as the anterior cingulate gyrus . The effect was more pronounced in those playing violent video games.

He explained that the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex, located at the front of the brain, is associated with thinking, speaking, decision-making and impulse control, while the anterior cingulate gyrus, located in the medial wall of the frontal lobe, modulates internal emotional responses.

Chou noted that clinical experiences have proven that patients with schizophrenia or depression have significantly lower blood flows in their frontal lobes and anterior cingulate gyruses.

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Taiwanese Doctor: Games Cause Brain Damage

Well, I'm proof that violent video games don't cause you to go insane or lose brain cells. I'm 22 and I've been playing violent video games since wolfenstine on PC and the original doom on 32X. I've played about 10 years of FPS games. I'm not brain dead and I certainly do not have mental problems, and I'm very successful in life. There are many who have brain damage BEFORE they start playing.

Taiwanese Doctor: Games Cause Brain Damage

It's all about the interpretation of results realy. For instance, why would a player have a normal or increased blood flow in the frontal lobe? There is little to no blood requirement (other than keeping the brain alive) as there is very little external interaction when playing a game other than hand movements. And lets face it a mouse is not a particuarly stimulating device.And a reduction in the emotion centres? Well....duh. Games are not real. These results show in fact players of games do not accossiate any abnormal emotional connection to video games. -flush- yes that's right players sustain no latent emotional connections with violent video games. Thus there is no connection between game playing and violence.On a side note....these results are also very similar (read: near identical) to studies done on people reading books.

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