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August 25, 2007

Video Game Studies Fear in the Brain

In the journal Science, London researchers investigating how the brain reacts in anticipation of an imminent threat used a Pac Man-like video game to guide test subjects. Participants were pursued by a "virtual predator" (why can't they just say Inky?), and when caught, instead of unfolding and blipping out like in the classic game, they received an electric shock, which gradually grew in intensity while researchers monitored brain activity. No plans for the games release on Playstation 3 or the Wii have been announced yet.

short summary: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070823/sc_nm/brain_fear_dc

Science article citation:
When Fear Is Near: Threat Imminence Elicits Prefrontal-Periaqueductal Gray Shifts in Humans
Dean Mobbs, Predrag Petrovic, Jennifer L. Marchant, Demis Hassabis, Nikolaus Weiskopf, Ben Seymour, Raymond J. Dolan, and Christopher D. Frith
Science 24 August 2007 317: 1079-1083 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1144298] (in Reports)

Posted by undergrad at August 25, 2007 12:11 PM

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