BBC – Future – The amazing fertility of the older mind

the adult brain is far more fertile than expected, and more than capable of sprouting the connections necessary for profound learning

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Playing action video games can actually harm your brain

This study is interesting.

In the study, published today in Molecular Psychiatry, lead author Greg West, an associate professor of psychology at UdeM, reveals that habitual players of action games have less grey matter in their hippocampus, a major part of the brain.
And the more depleted the hippocampus becomes, the more a person is at risk of developing brain illnesses and diseases ranging from depression to schizophrenia, PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease.

Gaming has been shown to stimulate the caudate nucleus more than the hippocampus; 85 per cent of players rely on that part of the brain to navigate their way through a game. The problem is, the more they use the caudate nucleus, the less they use the hippocampus, and as a result the hippocampus loses cells and atrophies, the new study shows.

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are all mental illnesses related

Big Think : Are all mental illnesses related

hearing this about capture a lot.

“I think that the best way to treat being captured, whether it’s by a negative stimuli or an addictive substance or a fear, is to find something else that’s going to capture me that has even more importance to me.” This means supplanting the obsession with something positive and deeply fulfilling for the person.”

unrelated to the above: I’ve also been spending a lot of time considering the interaction of social media apps as fidget like. Important to bear in mind how they’re designed to capture and captivate.

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Addiction Is a Learning Disorder

That was just one part of how bad it had gotten. She would arrive at casinos at 7 a.m. and wear bladder control underpants. She didn’t want to have to get up—even for a quick bathroom break—if she was on a winning streak.

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This article is absolutely fascinating, as I explore what makes clicker games tick.

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