Males may be more likely to become addicted to gaming, say researchers

(CNN)Brain scans of men addicted to online gaming show changes in the brain regions associated with impulsivity, new research presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America finds. But no brain alterations are seen in addicted women, said the authors of the small study who compared the scans of addicted men and women to healthy volunteers.

Internet gaming disorder, which was added to the 11th edition of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases for the first time in June, is diagnosed when an online gamer plays compulsively to the exclusion of other interests, including school and family life.
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