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Gamers Have Different Brains

It looks like gamers have bigger brains than the rest of us do. Researchers have found that time spent playing video games is positively associated with brain thickening in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and left frontal eye fields (FEF). According to Wired UK, the FEF deals with visual attention and voluntary eye movement, while the DLPFC is linked to strategic planning—processes each involved in playing video games. The researchers, who published their work in PLOS ONE, believe the thickened regions may indicate brain functions that improve thanks to gaming.

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