Larger Right Posterior Parietal Volume in Action Video Game Experts: A Behavioral and Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM) Study

Satoshi Tanaka, Hanako Ikeda, Kazumi Kasahara, Ryo Kato, Hiroyuki Tsubomi, Sho K. Sugawara, Makoto Mori, Takashi Hanakawa, Norihiro Sadato, Manabu Honda, Katsumi Watanabe

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Abstract

Recent studies suggest that action video game players exhibit superior performance in visuospatial cognitive tasks compared with non-game players. However, the neural basis underlying this visuospatial cognitive performance advantage remains largely unknown. The present human behavioral and imaging study compared gray matter volume in action video game experts and non-experts using structural magnetic resonance imaging and voxel-based morphometry analysis. The results revealed significantly larger gray matter volume in the right posterior parietal cortex in experts compared with non-experts. Furthermore, the larger gray matter volume in the right posterior parietal cortex significantly correlated with individual performance in a visual working memory task in experts. These results suggest that differences in brain structure may be linked to extensive video game play, leading to superior visuospatial cognitive performance in action video game experts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere66998
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun 11
Externally publishedYes

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Video Games
morphometry
cognition
Imaging techniques
Parietal Lobe
Magnetic resonance
Brain
cortex
Data storage equipment
Short-Term Memory
magnetic resonance imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
image analysis
brain
Gray Matter

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Larger Right Posterior Parietal Volume in Action Video Game Experts : A Behavioral and Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM) Study. / Tanaka, Satoshi; Ikeda, Hanako; Kasahara, Kazumi; Kato, Ryo; Tsubomi, Hiroyuki; Sugawara, Sho K.; Mori, Makoto; Hanakawa, Takashi; Sadato, Norihiro; Honda, Manabu; Watanabe, Katsumi.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 8, No. 6, e66998, 11.06.2013.

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Tanaka, S, Ikeda, H, Kasahara, K, Kato, R, Tsubomi, H, Sugawara, SK, Mori, M, Hanakawa, T, Sadato, N, Honda, M & Watanabe, K 2013, 'Larger Right Posterior Parietal Volume in Action Video Game Experts: A Behavioral and Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM) Study', PLoS One, vol. 8, no. 6, e66998. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0066998
Tanaka, Satoshi ; Ikeda, Hanako ; Kasahara, Kazumi ; Kato, Ryo ; Tsubomi, Hiroyuki ; Sugawara, Sho K. ; Mori, Makoto ; Hanakawa, Takashi ; Sadato, Norihiro ; Honda, Manabu ; Watanabe, Katsumi. / Larger Right Posterior Parietal Volume in Action Video Game Experts : A Behavioral and Voxel-Based Morphometry (VBM) Study. In: PLoS One. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 6.
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