Prefrontal Cortex Deactivation During Video Game Play

  • Goh Matsuda
  • Kazuo Hiraki


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.


Video Game Task Period Actual Video Game Positive Attention Game Controller 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Goh Matsuda
    • 1
  • Kazuo Hiraki
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Japan Science and Technology AgencyThe University of TokyoJapan

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