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[theguardian] No evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease

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[theguardian] No evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease

This is why most people don't listen to tabloid health scares, yet again highlights certain agendas at the expense of gamers and sadly those with Alzheimer's.

The press release also includes a statement from the lead researcher that is a clear exaggeration. Dr Gregory West is quoted as saying “we also found that gamers rely on the caudate nucleus to a greater degree than non-gamers”. Actually they didn’t find this at all, because their study didn’t measure activity in the caudate nucleus. Instead it measured a type of behaviour that previous studies have associated with activity in the caudate nucleus. There is a world of difference between these two, and readers would do well to take these latest claims with a generous helping of salt.

So once again, we’re faced with a situation in which a study that tenuously claims a negative effect of playing video games is vastly overhyped, both in the press release and the subsequent media coverage. We can do better than this.

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