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    Posted: Aug 31 2017 at 9:05am

New study suggests first-person shooters are bad for your brain

First, they told us video games caused violence. Next, they told us video games were good for hand-eye coordination. Now, we're learning FPS games can damage your brain.

A "first person shooter" (FPS) video game puts you right in the middle of the action by giving you a first-person view of the battle. In other words, you're looking through the eyes of your character.

Some of the most popular FPS games right now are: Overwatch, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Titanfall, Shadow Warrior, and the long-anticipated remake of Doom.

A recent study conducted by researchers at the Universite de Montreal suggests FPS games slowly damage the brain's hippocampal matter, something that has been shown to increase a person's risk of developing depression, PTSD, and Alzheimer's disease.

The damage seems to be caused by the very specific way FPS games are played: memorizing and running to the exact same sniping spots over and over again to win a particular map. This habit seems to get in the way of the spatial learning your brain is designed to rely on.
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