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Brains of Internet Game Addicts = Brains of Drug Addicts?

14 December 2009

A result from the research done by some researchers comparing the brains of internet game addicts and those drug addict shows that both brains are affected in very similar ways.

A Korean research team used positron emission tomography (PET) scans to study brain activity and found that “internet game addicts” have elevated activity in the areas such the orbitofrontal cortex and caudate nucleus compared to non-gamers.

Subsequent comparisons between the brains of Massively multiplayer online (MMO) addicts (Shown in the picture on the right) and cocaine addicts (on the left) revealed similar patterns of activity.

The researchers hope that these results will lead to a recognition of MMO addiction as a medical condition.


Didn’t knew that heavy gaming can cause such things to the brain… better control myself and not play too much xD


One Comment leave one →
  1. 2 December 2010 8:32 pm

    i love to play internet games specially on facebook where you have farmville and mafiawars ‘;`

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