Reduced lateralization of attention in action video game players

Yu Li, Xiaohong Jin, Yuanyuan Wang, Dun Niu*

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    Abstract

    There is increasing evidence that action video game players (AVGPs) possess superior performance in various tasks, especially those measuring attentional abilities. The current study aimed to examine the lateralization of attentional components in AVGPs. Twenty-nine AVGPs and twenty-six non-AVG players (NAVGPs) were recruited based on their frequency and intensity of playing action video games in the last 6 months. A lateralized attentional network test was used to measure the lateralization of attentional components in the two groups. The results showed that AVGPs exhibited comparable performance in the left and right hemispheres for reorienting and executive components. However, NAVGPs exhibited a significant difference between the two hemispheres for the two components. The findings indicate that AVG playing is closely associated with reduced lateralization of attentional networks.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1631
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalFrontiers in Psychology
    Volume10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2019

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    Keywords

    • action video game playing
    • attention
    • lateralization
    • executive
    • reorienting

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