Video gaming: A challenge for the brain’s reward system?

Rebecca J. Gilbertson, Douglas A. Gentile

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Recent studies have compared brain function in individuals with video gaming disorder as compared to healthy controls. This chapter reviews preliminary findings in reward circuitry, emotional memory and cognitive function. Also discussed are the criteria constituting an addictive disorder, as described by the American Psychiatric Association. Finally, future directions of possible scholarship in these areas are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Communication Science and Biology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781351235570
ISBN (Print)9780815376712
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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