Journal article

Structural brain differences associated with extensive massively-multiplayer video gaming

Qinghua He, Ofir Turel, Lei Wei, Antoine Bechara

BRAIN IMAGING AND BEHAVIOR | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Video gaming can be associated with inter-individual differences in brain morphology. Much of this literature has focused on non-professional/occasional gamers who barely play, on the one extreme; or Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) cases who typically play more than 5 h/day, on the other extreme. We sought to extend this literature and focus on extensive gamers, who play about 3 h/day, which is typically more than non-professional gamers, but less than IGD cases. Findings regarding this sector of gamers can inform research on risk factors or markers for IGD development, even before addiction symptoms emerge. We predicted that extensive gamers have smaller prefrontal regions that presumably re..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program for Chongqing Overseas Returned Scholars


Awarded by Open Research Fund of CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology


Awarded by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by research grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31400959), Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program for Chongqing Overseas Returned Scholars (cx2017049), Open Research Fund of CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology (KLMH2019K05), and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (SWU1809003).