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16 November 2011

Video-gamers' brains may reward them more

Teenagers who spend a lot of time on video-games have different structures and activity levels in areas of the brain that are linked to reward.

Teenagers who spend a lot of time on video-games have different structures and activity levels in areas of the brain that are linked to reward, scientists have found, suggesting they get more out of gaming than people who tend to play less.

"These findings demonstrate that the ventral striatum plays a significant role in excessive video-game playing and contributes to our understanding of behavioural addiction," Dr Simone Kuhn of Belgium's Ghent University and Juergen Gallinat of Charite University Medicine in Berlin, Germany, wrote in their study.

 
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