Most adults don’t seem to understand that video games can be most detrimental to the health and welfare of young people. A new study from researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine has documented how violent video games affect teenagers’ brains. Using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging, the researchers found that teens playing violent games experienced increased activity in the amygdala, which I have learned is the area of the brain responsible for emotional arousal. At the same time, activity in the prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain that controls self-control, inhibition and concentration – was significantly diminished. Despite these findings, the researchers stressed that further study is necessary to determine whether or not the physiological changes they observed would also lead to violent behavior. You can learn more about the results of the study by going to medicalnewstoday.com.
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