In a study released this week, researchers used fMRI technology to view people’s brains while they played violent video games. The researchers found that these games simultaneously increased activity in the emotional response center and decreased activity in the regions dedicated to self-control.
Dr. John Murray, a visiting scholar at CMCH, has also conducted research using fMRI technology. He scanned the brains of children while they watched television scenes. He found that violent scenes affected the areas of the brain wired for arousal, attention, and detection of threats, signaling that the viewers’ "fight or flight" responses were activated.