Although various studies have found commonalities between addiction of playing video games and other addictive behaviors, there hasn’t been any effort put in to find out the exact origin of compulsive gaming behavior. An increasing trend in computer gaming among young adults & youth can affect the development of the brain negatively. Studies are still carried out to find preventive measures.
Three professors of Harrisburg University have united with students to commence research to investigate the causes behind addiction towards gaming. For the trial study, the team will scrutinize the activity of the brain to find the traits of addictive behavior in gaming.
For the study, the team will use ‘Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy’ (NFIRS) & another technology known as the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT). Doctor Siamak Aram, one of the professors, explained: “Using both approaches, IGT and fNIRS gives us a new mechanism that enables us to make more accurate characterizations about the link between a person’s decision-making abilities, their hemodynamic (blood flow) factors, and the responses recorded for each patient during this experiment.”
To support the team, Doctor Eric Darr, President of HU, granted the group $20,000. The study will provide a kick off of a theory about the association between the type of choices one make and the changes in blood flow of prefrontal cortex.
The collaboration of the Translational Biophotonic Lab with the university will bring about benefits for moving forward, Doctor Aram told.
Moreover, Doctor Aram told that the study will also be beneficial for the University & students. The advantages include students gaining hands-on experience using the technologies & methodologies employed during the research. He added on this by saying: “This project will provide a great opportunity for students to experience working and collaborating with a team in one of the most prestigious health institutes in the world (NIH),” Dr. Aram said. “The University will use this application as a baseline or guideline to monitor and then guide not only students but also the community.”