Those who play video games often on their computer or game console do not only exercise their brain but also weaken it. A new Canadian scientific research shows that these people have less gray matter in the hippocampus, a vital area of the brain for memory and orientation in space.
As the hippocampus decreases, the risk of a person manifesting ailments such as depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease increases.
The researchers, led by Associate Professor of Psychology Greyhound of the University of Montreal and Associate Professor of Psychiatry Veronica Bobo of McGill University, who published the publication in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, studied 100 people, whom they had to play Action video games and other different games for a total of 90 hours.
Then, a complete study of the brain of the participants was performed with the neuro-imaging technique.
It was found that all video games do not have the same effect on the brain, although users are playing the same hours. Action games lead to brain hippocampal atrophy, while games of other kinds lead to an increase in the brain’s same area.
Researchers have said that after these findings, neuroscientists need to think twice before suggesting patients play video games indiscriminately to stimulate their brain. As they said, the warning applies especially to Parkinson’s and dementia patients, Alzheimer’s, depression, schizophrenia and post-traumatic syndrome.