Functional integration between salience and central executive networks: a role for action video game experience

Diankun Gong, Hui He, Weiyi Ma, Dongbo Liu, Mengting Huang, Li Dong, Jinnan Gong, Jianfu Li, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao*

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Action video games (AVGs) have attracted increasing research attention as they offer a unique perspective into the relation between active learning and neural plasticity. However, little research has examined the relation between AVG experience and the plasticity of neural network mechanisms. It has been proposed that AVG experience is related to the integration between Salience Network (SN) and Central Executive Network (CEN), which are responsible for attention and working memory, respectively, two cognitive functions essential for AVG playing. This study initiated a systematic investigation of this proposition by analyzing AVG experts' and amateurs' resting-state brain functions through graph theoretical analyses and functional connectivity. Results reveal enhanced intra-and internetwork functional integrations in AVG experts compared to amateurs. The findings support the possible relation between AVG experience and the neural network plasticity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9803165
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalNeural Plasticity
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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