Males More Likely to Play Games Because of Brain Chemistry
The latest video game related study (seems like it’s becoming quite an in vogue area of research) has found a link between certain areas of the brain and the drive to compete and win. These areas were found to be more active in males, and is being used as evidence by Professor Allan Reiss for why men tend to be more attracted to video games than women.
Three structures within the reward circuit – the nucleus accumbens, amygdala and orbitofrontal cortex – were also shown to influence each other much more in men than in women, the scientists wrote in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
And the better connected this circuit was, the better males performed in the game.
Dr Reiss added: ‘These gender differences might help explain why males are more attracted to, and more likely to become “hooked” on, video games than females.
‘I think it’s fair to say that males tend to be more intrinsically territorial. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who historically are the conquerors and tyrants of our species.’
Dr Reiss, of Stanford University in California, said the research also suggested males are more likely to feel rewarded by computer games.
This could qualify in the “well, duh” category, but it puts some science behind what we already can observe in nature.
And I bet you all just laughed because I referred to video game playing as “nature”.