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Brain Size Counts When It Comes To Video Game Success

January 22, 2010

U.S. researchers writing in the medical journal Cerebral Cortex conclude that video game prowess correlates to the size of certain parts of one’s brain. Understanding the brain continues to be a complicated challenge, but this study shows that video game players with a larger nucleus accumbens, which is part of the brain’s reward center, outperformed other players. The players who performed best had larger sections deep in the center of the brain, known as the caudate and putamen. These areas of the brain are linked to learning new skills, adapting to change and multitasking.

“This is the first time that we’ve been able to take a real world task like a video game and show that the size of specific brain regions is predictive of performance and learning rates on this video game,” said Kirk Erickson, an author of the study and professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.


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