A Stanford University researcher claims that men are more likely to develop a video game addiction than women.
As reported by Palo Alto’s KCBS-AM:
A first-of-its-kind imaging study showed that the part of the brain that generates rewarding feelings is more active in men than women during video game play, said senior research scientist, Dr. Fumiko Hayft.
Hayft told KCBS’ Rebecca Corral:
The reward regions, which are also overlapping with the regions that are related to addiction, tend to be more coherent and active in males more than females while they were playing a computer game.
GP: No game was specified in the news report, but researcher Hayft noted that men seemed to naturally understand that conquering territory was an important victory condition:
We didn’t tell [test subjects] to gain more territory which was the implicit, sort of hidden goal, and males were able to learn faster and eventually gain more territory than females.