Video game addiction stimulates the growth of gray matter in the brain

Researchers at the China University of Electronic Science and Technology and the Australian Macquarie University in Sydney have teamed up and recently discovered a link between addiction to action-packed video games and increased brain gray matter. They investigated the little-studied islet lobe, whose function ranges from processing data from taste and olfactory receptors to showing compassion and empathy.

Thirty experienced gamers were selected for the study, including recognized cyber athletes, who were opposed by the same number of people far from video games or playing rarely. Using an MRI scanner, the researchers photographed the insular lobe and adjacent areas of the cerebral cortex layer by layer and in detail. For pro gamers, the volume of gray matter here turned out to be noticeably higher than that of non-playing people.

The gray matter is the basis of the foundations in the brain, all neural connections pass through it, many departments are formed from it. The density of this substance directly indicates the degree of development of individual lobes and indirectly - on the speed of the course of thought processes in them, on the reaction of the brain to different situations. It turns out that video game lovers are more developed than other people? Not really.

High-level gamers have a brain trained to quickly respond to a change of environment, memorize many small and important details, calculate situations before they are implemented in the game. The same is true for professional athletes, especially in team sports, as well as for outdoor enthusiasts and creative individuals. You don't have to spend your life in front of a monitor to become smarter, but in a sense, video games can also be viewed as brain training.