Imbalanced functional link between executive control network and reward network explain online-game seeking behaviors in internet gaming disorder

Dong, Guangheng, Lin, Xiao, Hu, Yanbo, Xie, Chunming and Du, Xiaoxia (2015) Imbalanced functional link between executive control network and reward network explain online-game seeking behaviors in internet gaming disorder. Scientific Reports, 5 (9197). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Literatures have shown that Internet gaming disorder (IGD) subjects show impaired executive control and enhanced reward sensitivities than healthy controls. However, how these two networks jointly affect the valuation process and drive IGD subjects’ online-game-seeking behaviors remains unknown. Thirty-five IGD and 36 healthy controls underwent a resting-states scan in the MRI scanner. Functional connectivity (FC) was examined within control and reward network seeds regions, respectively. Nucleus accumbens (NAcc) was selected as the node to find the interactions between these two networks. IGD subjects show decreased FC in the executive control network and increased FC in the reward network when comparing with the healthy controls. When examining the correlations between the NAcc and the executive control/ reward networks, the link between the NAcc - executive control network is negatively related with the link between NAcc - reward network. The changes (decrease/increase) in IGD subjects’ brain synchrony in control/reward networks suggest the inefficient/overly processing within neural circuitry underlying these processes. The inverse proportion between control network and reward network in IGD suggest that impairments in executive control lead to inefficient inhibition of enhanced cravings to excessive online game playing. This might shed light on the mechanistic understanding of IGD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reward; cognitive neuroscience; motivation; online gaming; online-game behaviours; internet gaming disorders
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 570 Life sciences; biology
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Yanbo Hu
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 10:31
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1330

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