View Full Version : Study: Male Brains Hardwired For Videogame Addiction!

02-08-08, 12:26 PM
A new research, published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, suggested that males have a harder time ending their gaming sessions than females.

Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine studied functional brain images of 11 males and 11 females while playing a simple videogame.

The Stanford University scientists noticed that while both male and female player picked up the game at an equal pace, male players where more "aggressive" and tended to capture more "territory" on the screen.

The brain images showed increased activity in a brain section associated with reward and addiction in all players. However, this activity was noticeably higher in males than in females.

The reward and addiction brain excitation also increased proportionally with the size of the captured on screen "territory", but only in males.

"These gender differences in the brain may help explain why males are more attracted to, and more likely to become hooked on video games than females", said Dr. Allan Reiss, the lead scientist.


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02-08-08, 12:34 PM
is that brain from in that jar of your avatar? :D

bob saget
02-08-08, 12:40 PM

02-08-08, 06:00 PM
wonder whats bush's brain is like..

02-08-08, 08:19 PM
There might be some issues with the study though, it's a fairly small and specific study.

First off, they only tested 22 people, were they volunteers? Where they gamers beforehand? Was it ethnically diverse? Lots of legitimate questions.

Secondly, the game type. What kind of game did they play, what if they did something goofy like make the territories female body parts. Sounds crazy but what if they just wanted funding. Additionally what if territory capture is more something males' brains get fired up about.

Not saying it's bunk, but there's so many studies like this that don't really say anything.

02-08-08, 09:40 PM
The answer is easy

male-got brain, got addiction

female- no brain no addiction

02-09-08, 03:02 AM
I'm not sure this needed its own research. Men are more driven by competition than women are and almost all video games are competitions; whether against other players, or against the computer.