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Played Pokemon as a kid? It might have activated a special region in your brain

Most childhood memories would be incomplete without the Pikachu and Gang, the Pokemon. If you’re the one who has put hours into playing the games then you’re brain is probably a little different now than those who didn’t.

Researchers at Stanford University have presented some stunning revelations. They showed images of pokemon to a group of candidates having both types of people. Without any surprise, there was a specific region in those who played the game which showed intense activity. Those who didn’t have very minimal brain response.

Played Pokemon as a kid? It might have activated a special region in your brain, Tech chums

Source: Stanford

The surprising part is that the area which showed activity was the exact same in all the responsive participants. It’s a part of the brain located just behind the ears called the occipitotemporal sulcus, an area which is said to respond to the images of animals.

Just like our brain stores different data at different places across its volume, it also has this dedicated place to store all our information about Pikachu’s lightning capabilities. Exposure at a very young age to this is more likely to result in such dedicated developments in the brain.

Pokemon was traditionally played on the tiny screen of the GameBoy. Thus preferential brain activations were also found in the part of the visual cortex that deals with central vision specifically as the peripheral vision of very less significance while playing with the GameBoy.

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