Research shows that Pokemon game players as children will have different brain reactions than those who do not play. A study recently published in Nature Human Behavior shows that the brains of those who used to play Pokemon games as a child had a special brain region with animated images. The results of this study give us a new insight into how the brain organizes visual information.
Researchers have recruited 11 people who are proficient in Pokemon games and 11 who have never played. First, they tested the proficiency of all 22 people by asking the names of the Pokemon. After that, participants were given a series of images including 150 pokemon images and many other images such as faces, characters, objects …
Researchers perform a scan of the participants’ brains during the process of looking at these images. The results showed that the brain gap between the occipital and temporal regions of proficient people produced stronger responses to images of pokemon than other images. For those who have never played, the reaction is constant.
The result is not surprising, the brain changes when you do something often and continuously has been known as “Jennifer Aniston cell”. We are told that each person has certain brain clusters that react to certain images. However, scientific unknowns so far have no solution to how humans distinguish images. This research has opened up a new direction in the world.
This is perfect for kids who play Pokemon games as children. Children often spend hours with gaming machines, from a relatively similar distance, to see black and white images on the Game Boy.
The results of this study have added to the “eccentric bias” theory. That’s a theory that gives the brain different responses to different sized images located at the central or peripheral vision.