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Slaves of the System?
[url="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/personal-tech/computing/Violent-videogames-damage-brain-Study/articleshow/10946158.cms"]Violent videogames damage brain: Study[/url] : TOI, Dec 1, 2011

Quote: Is your child spending hours in front of a videogame shooting down demons or slaying bad guys? It could be affecting that part of her/his brain that plays a crucial role in controlling behaviour and in developing memory, emotion and learning.

The finding is crucial for India, where the gaming market that is estimated to be about Rs 900 crore is likely to grow by 53% to Rs 2,125 crore.

A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) analysis of long-term effects of violent videogame play on the brain has found changes in regions associated with cognitive function and emotional control in young adult men after one week of playing videogames. The results of the study were presented on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

The controversy over whether violent video games are potentially harmful to users has raged for many years. But there has been little scientific evidence demonstrating that games have a prolonged negative neurological effect. "For the first time, we have found that a sample of randomly assigned young adults showed less activation in certain frontal brain regions following a week of playing violent videogames at home," said Yang Wang, assistant research professor a department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences in Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

"These brain regions are important for controlling emotion and aggressive behaviour," he added.

For the study, 22 healthy adult males, aged between 18 and 29, with low past exposure to violent videogames were randomly assigned to two groups of 11 each. "The findings indicated that violent videogame play has a long-term effect on brain functioning," Wang said.

[/indent]According to Dr. Erich Fromm:

[indent]Our contemporary Western society, in spite of its material, intellectual and political progress, is increasingly less conducive to mental health, and tends to undermine the inner security, happiness, reason and the capacity for love in the individual; it tends to turn him into an automaton who pays for his human failure with increasing mental sickness, and with despair hidden under a frantic drive for work and so-called pleasure.


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Slaves of the System? - by sumishi - 10-10-2011, 02:51 PM
Slaves of the System? - by sumishi - 10-10-2011, 03:10 PM
Slaves of the System? - by sumishi - 10-10-2011, 03:48 PM
Slaves of the System? - by sumishi - 12-02-2011, 02:53 PM

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