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Subject: There's a Pokemon region of the brain rss

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According to this article: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/6/18531287/pokemon-neuroscie...

A scientist used people who'd played the Pokemon video game as children to test some theories about brain development and recognizing images. Training kids to verify the theories is on the edge of unethical because it requires bringing in the test subject and making them stare at pictures for hours on end in the same lighting and distance. Then the researcher realized a lot of kids who are now adults had voluntarily done this with the Pokemon game. He's considering running similar tests on the Pokemon auditory cues to see if it also changed brain development there.
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It's in nature as well damn, the dream! Thanks for sharing.
 
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I don't play Pokémon, but I do play most of the Smash Bros. games, and it'd probably be that same region for me.


Mysti_Fogg wrote:
According to this article: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/6/18531287/pokemon-neuroscie...

A scientist used people who'd played the Pokemon video game as children to test some theories about brain development and recognizing images. Training kids to verify the theories is on the edge of unethical because it requires bringing in the test subject and making them stare at pictures for hours on end in the same lighting and distance.
I was going to say adults do this too, so what's the difference? I'm guessing is adults can consent, are more developed, and if it's for work, at least they're getting paid for it :\
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ackmondual wrote:
I don't play Pokémon, but I do play most of the Smash Bros. games, and it'd probably be that same region for me.


Mysti_Fogg wrote:
According to this article: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/6/18531287/pokemon-neuroscie...

A scientist used people who'd played the Pokemon video game as children to test some theories about brain development and recognizing images. Training kids to verify the theories is on the edge of unethical because it requires bringing in the test subject and making them stare at pictures for hours on end in the same lighting and distance.
I was going to say adults do this too, so what's the difference? I'm guessing is adults can consent, are more developed, and if it's for work, at least they're getting paid for it :\


I think it's unethical because, in addition to the consent issues for children, you're trying to make permanent changes to their brains and you don't know for certain what the end result will be.

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