30 Nov '17, 2pm

Internet Addiction Creates Imbalance in the Brain

Internet Addiction Creates Imbalance in the Brain

New research has linked Internet addictions with a chemical imbalance in the brain . In the small study, presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago, 19 participants with addictions to phones, tablets, and computers exhibited disproportionately high levels of a neurotransmitter that inhibits brain activity. The good news: After nine weeks of therapy, the participants’ brain chemicals normalized, and their screen time decreased, says Hyung Suk Seo, a professor of neuroradiology at Korea University in Seoul, who presented the study . Seo and his colleagues discovered the brain chemical imbalance using magnetic resonance spectroscopy—an imaging technique that detects changes in certain metabolites in the brain. The tool showed that participants with Internet addictions, compared with a control group, had elevated levels of gam...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/imaging...

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