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http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-video-games-brain-addiction-20111115,0,7840130.story

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Fourteen-year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards center of the brain than peers who didn't play video games as much -- suggesting that gaming may be correlated to changes in the brain much as addictions are.

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Edited by Cykososhull - 11/18/11 at 9:59am
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An environment where the rules are easily understood and can be used to the players advantage with a little time.
Compared to real life where the rules fluctuate constantly and the outcome of actions are often difficult to understand when compared to any given rule set at that time.

It is easy to know why people get enjoyment out of games. Rewards come quickly, easily, and often, and can be controlled by the player.
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An environment where the rules are easily understood and can be used to the players advantage with a little time.
Compared to real life where the rules fluctuate constantly and the outcome of actions are often difficult to understand when compared to any given rule set at that time.
It is easy to know why people get enjoyment out of games. Rewards come quickly, easily, and often, and can be controlled by the player.

Well thought out, Dr. Phil. smile.gif
    
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I believe this was previously posted already...
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An environment where the rules are easily understood and can be used to the players advantage with a little time.
Compared to real life where the rules fluctuate constantly and the outcome of actions are often difficult to understand when compared to any given rule set at that time.
It is easy to know why people get enjoyment out of games. Rewards come quickly, easily, and often, and can be controlled by the player.

Very true. It can have a debilitating effect on people; I have know someone who can only find pleasure through playing games to the point he no longer has any determination to succeed in the real world. Quite sad.
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core candidate promoting addictive behavior

Are they trying to say gamers are more likely to become addicted to drugs or gambling?

I also noticed the word "behavior" Is that a typo or the American way of spelling it?
    
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They could be confusing correlation with causation here.

Is it gaming that causes more grey matter? or is it more grey matter that causes people to play games more? Or maybe they're both caused by a third unknown factor?
     
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Well thought out, Dr. Phil. smile.gif

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They could be confusing correlation with causation here.
Is it gaming that causes more grey matter? or is it more grey matter that causes people to play games more? Or maybe they're both caused by a third unknown factor?


What would be interesting is if they did the same test to people who play board games, gamble, and sports. All these activities are also governed by set rules. Perhaps the same could be said about school and highly structured work places where the rules are easy to understand and don't change. The other important aspect to consider is that a person also has to progress / achieve, maybe without that emotion(?) it could be harder to feel happy from an activity.

Psychology is cool yo.
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Are they trying to say gamers are more likely to become addicted to drugs or gambling?
I also noticed the word "behavior" Is that a typo or the American way of spelling it?

It's the american spelling. Just the same as color
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This is good and all but I would rather be inside playing games then be out with people getting drunk, taking drugs and ruining my life.

My mum always says to me I will buy you anything you want just don't go behing my back and drink, smoke or take drugs.

So I don't and I get more pc equipment smile.gif

I'm smart enough to realise the effects of drugs and alcohol on my 17 year old body will effect me for the rest of my life. I have seen so many people die, do stupid things and injure other people because they were high or drunk, something I don't want to do. Same with gambling, not waisting money on that either.
Edited by chrisguitar - 11/18/11 at 3:27pm
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