The scientists studied this in Germany where they have the better technology for this study. The research project involved more than 600 individuals between the ages of 14 and 16. It took place over a period of two years, from 2012 to 2014.
Scientists studied this subject because over the years, the media have made various sensationalist claims about video games and their effect on our health and happiness. People with lower amounts of grey matter in the hippocampus are known to be at increased risks of developing neuro-psychiatric illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. West says even if the current results show that certain human-computer interactions can decrease grey matter in the brain, the long-term consequences of this loss need to be further studied.