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Abstract #1114

Detection of Short Term Effect of Violent Video Game: an fMRI Study using Emotional Face Matching Task

Wang Y, Kronenberger W, Dunn D, Mosier K, Kalnin A, Mathews V
Indiana University School of Medicine

To determine the short term effect of video game playing on brain function, the BOLD responses to an emotional face matching task were measured immediately after playing a violent or nonviolent video game. FMRI group map showed significantly more activation in prefrontal cortex by subjects playing nonviolent video game than that of playing nonviolent video game. Preliminary results may reflect decreased capacity for active emotion regulation as a result of violent game playing.