Journal article

Brain anatomy alterations associated with Social Networking Site (SNS) addiction

Qinghua He, Ofir Turel, Antoine Bechara

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017

Abstract

This study relies on knowledge regarding the neuroplasticity of dual-system components that govern addiction and excessive behavior and suggests that alterations in the grey matter volumes, i.e., brain morphology, of specific regions of interest are associated with technology-related addictions. Using voxel based morphometry (VBM) applied to structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans of twenty social network site (SNS) users with varying degrees of SNS addiction, we show that SNS addiction is associated with a presumably more efficient impulsive brain system, manifested through reduced grey matter volumes in the amygdala bilaterally (but not with structural differences in the Nucleus ..

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