A study from Indiana University School of Medicine has found conclusive proof that playing violent video games alters the brains of young men.
“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,” said Yang Wang, M.D., assistant research professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
“These brain regions are important for controlling emotion and aggressive behavior.”
The research has shown that the areas of the brain that control emotional response and cognitive functions showed a ‘definite change in brain activity’. Dr. Wang claims that his findings show ‘a long-term effect on brain functioning.’
So there we have it: conclusive proof that a group of men who played ten hours of violent video games over a week long period, at home and seemingly not under any strict clinical conditions, have had their brains altered by violent games!
So Dr. Wang, what does this brain altering change mean?
“Clinically, we don’t know what these changes mean, but it does affect your brain somehow.”
Tracy Dennis, a child development expert and an associate professor of psychology at Hunter College in New York City, welcomed the study: “This study is a good first step. It shows that if you do something over and over again for a period of time, it will affect your brain.”
“But, what that means in the real world isn’t clear.”
The research is backed by The Centre For Successful Parenting, a website “designed for you to learn about the negative effects of violent video.” Step six of their ‘ten simple steps’ in raising children is ‘Do not let children play violent video games’ which, given the industry’s own age ratings, seems like sensible – if a little unnecessary – advice.
Dr. Wang’s research was conducted using ’22 healthy young adult males aged 18-29′.
Source: Game Politics