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"How Does Playing Pokemon Affect People's Brains?"
If you're anything like us, there's a good chance you've spent the last two decades obsessed with Pokemon. And it's hard not to be. Game Freak and Nintendo have developed a seemingly foolproof formula to keep children, teens, and adults glued to their screens, desperately looking for laser critters in patches of tall grass. But has all that time spent trying to "catch 'em all" somehow changed us?
In 2019, a study by Stanford University found that when pictures of Pokemon are shown to adults who played the games as children, a specific area of their brain, the occipitotemporal sulcus, lights up. When the same pictures were shown to adults who hadn't played the games as kids, aka LOSERS, this didn't happen. This suggests that the countless hours the former group had spent playing the games "rewired" their brains to become more efficient at recognizing the characters.
"So what?" you might think. "Isn't this just how memory works?" Well, not really. Sure, when you see a face you recognize, a specific region of your brain gets goin'. Likewise, if you work with cars for a living, your brain will light up when it sees a car. But as Emma Young at BPS noted, that's as elegant as the system gets. Your brain lights up for cars, but that same area also lights up for everything you like. There's no specific area for cars or faces; it's a one-size-fits-all deal.