New Study links violent video games to brain changes – gamers scoff
“Behavioral studies have shown an increase in aggressive behavior after violent video games, and what we show is the physiological explanation for what the behavioral studies are showing,” says Dr. VincentMatthews (also part of the IU study). “We’re showing that there are changes in brain function that are likely related to that behavior.”
Dr. Wang commented in a press release ”For the first time, we have found that a sample of randomly assigned young adults showed less activation in certain frontal brain regions following a week of playing violent video games at home. The affected brain regions are important for controlling emotion and aggressive behavior.”
So how is the news received by video game participants?
Most gamers don’t play 10 hours of first person shooter action per day, so does 2 hours really have the same effect? -Daily Tech.
Moreover, while I haven’t found the connection between the two, this gamer site immediately implied The Center for Successful Parenting was somehow tied to the IU research team.
The TIME article summarizes that the effects are NOT permanant:
The brain changes don’t appear to be permanent, but documenting that the brain does change in response to playing a violent game — even just for two hours a day for a week — is a significant advance in understanding how young players may be affected by these games. The brain changes that Matthews’ group saw were similar to those seen in teens with destructive sociopathic disorders, and his results, along with those from previous studies showing shorter-term effects, have been used in court cases by parents and others hoping to limit violent game play among young children. “Individuals and parents of children who choose to play games need to be aware that there are changes in brain function and they need to consider that when they decide whether or not to play these games,” says Matthews.
I can personally testify that these observations are 100% true.
While it’s just my subjective observations, I’ve these EXACT emotional and psychological changes in my son and some of his friends. After “taking away” the games, the NORMAL behavior returns and the emotional outbursts go away.