Gaming, Simulations, and Society

pp 101-109

Prefrontal Cortex Deactivation During Video Game Play

  • Goh MatsudaAffiliated withThe University of Tokyo
  • , Kazuo HirakiAffiliated withJapan Science and Technology Agency, The University of Tokyo

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Wide deactivation in the DPFC during video game play was observed in experiment 1. In addition, the results of experiment 2 indicated that similar regions were also deactivated during video game observation. Because simple finger action activated these same regions, we conclude that DPFC deactivation during video games is mainly due to the visual aspects of video games and, further, that it depends more on a player’s positive attention to the game than its visual attributes.