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March 5, 2010

Predicting video game performance through brain structure

A multi-institutional research team (including Arthur Kramer, a professor of Psychology at the Beckman Institute) examined three areas of the brain to determine if their size was related to video game ability. Their article (published in the journal Cerebral Cortex) found that that players who had more developed brain structures in one or more of these areas performed better in various measures of game skill, related to which area was more developed.

Results of the study inform "how the brain works when learning a complex task," according to lead author Kirk Erikson.

Read more in Inside Illinois http://news.illinois.edu/news/10/0120gamers.html.

The paper, "Striatal Volume Predicts Level of Video Game Skill Acquisition" (published online January 20th, 2010) is also posted on the Inside Illinois site:
http://news.illinois.edu/WebsandThumbs/Kramer,Art/01_10bhp293.pdf or from the Cerebral Cortex site: http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/bhp293v1

Posted by undergrad at March 5, 2010 9:45 AM

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