Natural-born gamer or perpetual noob? Maybe fMRI can tell us...

Just came across this short article about a new study in which performance in a videogame was predicted by brain activity using functional MRI. Specifically, differences in activity patterns in the dorsal striatum at the beginning of training for a simple space combat videogame predicted with surprising accuracy how successfully subjects would be in learning the task.

It's nice to see solid neuroscience research that's willing to look at videogame-related topics (though there are plenty of other applications, too). I'm just a bit weary about studies that link specific brain regions to such a complicated task as a videogame. You have a whole lot going on when you're playing even a simple game like the one they used (goal-directed behavior, motor coordination, response time, etc.), but it's still an interesting study. Here's the original paper, just published in PLoS One.

Natural-born gamer or perpetual noob? Maybe fMRI can tell us... by Jared Lorince, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

One Response to “Natural-born gamer or perpetual noob? Maybe fMRI can tell us...”

  1. Jacques S says:

    Great to know that all that time playing video games as a kid was not wasted! Its not surprising though since video games have been shown to stimulate areas of the brain related to problem solving. I work in the safety field now, and I think the stimulation that video games gave me is what allows me to think critically and filter information. Skills I need in a job that involves sorting through various safety regulations, safety videos, and other training material.

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