Some women would argue that video games suck out a guy’s brain. Well, researchers at Stanford University may have found out why.
In a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, March 2008, functional MRI studies done while the subjects were playing video games revealed that men had greater activation of a brain area that expresses the sensation of a reward than women did. This may help explain why we guys seem more motivated to play video games than take out the trash.
The good news for rehab therapy
The male tendency to play video games may not be all bad. A health report in April 2008 described how therapists at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston are using Nintendo Wii video games, like baseball, as part of rehab. “Wii-hab” promotes physical movement as well as brain stimulation, thus helping to kill two birds with one stone. Patients who once dreaded physical therapy are now lining up to get in on the action.
The good news for you and your kids
The new action packed video games actually get you off your couch and moving around.
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