Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Violent Video Games Harmful to Men’s Brains

At the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, functional MRI evidence was presented that frequent use of violent video games resulted in reduced activity in regions of the brain associated with attention, inhibition, and monitoring of emotions. The study was performed by Dr. Vincent P. Mathews at Indiana University. Fortunately, the changes in brain activity resolved over a 2-week period after the use of the violent games was stopped. Previous studies have shown a connection between violent video games and increased aggression. See Family Practice News (click here), January 2012 issue, p. 31.

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