May 20, 2015

Playing Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's, other mental illnesses: University of Montreal study

Rebel Staff

A new study from the University of Montreal says that playing games such as Call of Duty or Assassins Creed (A game made in Montreal) can increase the risk of mental illnesses.

According to The Telegraph, “players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus.”

The Canadian scientists said that a lack of grey matter can make you prone to mental illnesses and  Alzheimer's.

They tested 26 players and 33 non-players as they navigated a virtual maze to retrieve objects. They wore skull caps which recorded their brainwaves and eye movements.

Gamers were twice as likely to use their caudate nucleus than non-gamers.

Dr. Gregory West said, “For more than a decade now, research has demonstrated action video game players display more efficient visual attention abilities. Our current study again confirms this notion. We, however, also found action video game players use navigation strategies that rely on the caudate nucleus to a much greater degree than non video game players.”

He concluded, “...people who play a lot of action video games could have reduced hippocampal integrity, which is associated with increased risk for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.”

The researchers also say that the effects of intense gaming on the brain are just beginning to emerge.

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commented 2015-06-06 11:52:35 -0400
This has got to be a joke.
The one time in my life I can go to war and Not get killed or maimed and he wants us to give it up and kill them in real life? That means the street bunch we read about in the papers should put down the gun and take up the controller and blast away.
What about paintball? Think of all the war heros we could emulate and no one is buried on the battlefield. Next winter no snow ball throwing. You could catch cold and die.
Maybe it is just me but some Doctors need a checkup in the cranial department.
commented 2015-05-24 15:18:12 -0400
I’m 64, play Halo, assassins creed and others. Love the games Oh yes and now Game of Ware fire age. . I still work in computer repair and I think I have noticed an increase in memory and cognitive function. As a matter of fact I am remembering a little more of the nuances of daily life in work and social interactions. Maybe their test subjects were already showing physical impairment so the results could be skewed in favour of lets play house.
commented 2015-05-22 13:48:44 -0400
I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do illegal drugs. You want me to stop playing my beloved COD AW, my only vice?

Not from my cold dead hands…lol
commented 2015-05-20 23:03:17 -0400
I bet there a high admittance of 15 – 35 year olds in extended care with dimentia … boink!
commented 2015-05-20 19:08:33 -0400
That explains my grandfather’s obsession with Pong. WOW!! 59 people were tested. That is so scientifical. It must be true. Can we get our money back from this study?
commented 2015-05-20 15:40:34 -0400
Well, seeing as how I do not play those games I guess I will survive a little longer