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Neuroreport. 2018 Mar 21;29(5):393-396. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000981.

Habitual action video game players display increased cortical thickness in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Verdun.
2
McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University.
3
Department of Psychology, Centre de Recherche en Neuropsychologie et Cogntion, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Abstract

Action video game players (aVGPs) display increased performance in attention-based tasks and enhanced procedural motor learning. In parallel, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is centrally implicated in specific types of reward-based learning and attentional control, the execution or inhibition of motor commands, and error detection. These processes are hypothesized to support aVGP in-game performance and enhanced learning though in-game feedback. We, therefore, tested the hypothesis that habitual aVGPs would display increased cortical thickness compared with nonvideo game players (nonVGPs). Results showed that the aVGP group (n=17) displayed significantly higher levels of cortical thickness specifically in the dorsal ACC compared with the nonVGP group (n=16). Results are discussed in the context of previous findings examining video game experience, attention/performance, and responses to affective components such as pain and fear.

PMID:
29461337
DOI:
10.1097/WNR.0000000000000981
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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