When young men who don’t normally play a lot of video games are exposed to violent video games, changes occur in the way their brains function, new research shows.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), scientists were able to document altered brain responses after video game play. What’s more, some of those changes were still present a week later.
Researchers found that activation in an area of the brain that controls emotion were decreased after playing violent video games. But, exactly what those changes mean, if anything, is still unknown. It is evident though, the pattern found in the study is similar to what has been seen in past research, and in adolescents is similar to what is seen in disruptive behavior disorders.
If parents are concerned about their child’s video game play, researchers recommend using common sense. Limit the amount they’re playing. Don’t sit a kid in front of violent video games for hours at a time. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.