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How Tutorial Games Can Cause Seizures
Tutorial games get a bad rap, but can they causeseizuresé Hello Everyone, Crystal your friendly neuroscientisthere for DNews to talk tutorialgames and epilepsy. Normally, the activity in your brain is alot of neurons firing at different times. The activity of these neurons are highly regulatedand there are inhibitory systems in place to make sure they don't fire out of control.Right now many of your brain regions are active processing this stimulating tutorial, but theyare all working independently of each other. In some cases though, a glitch can occur andthe activity syncs up. When this happens it can trigger what we know as a seizure.
Seizures are often described as a storm ofconcerted brain activity with all circuits firing in rhythm together. There are manydifferent types of seizures, and not all lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. Epilepsy is adisorder characterized by a specific form of recurring seizure, a reduced seizure threshold,and it usually requires an electroencephalogram (EEG) or neuroimaging for diagnosis. It mightcome as a surprise but over the course of a lifetime 4% of our population will experienceepilepsy and it is the fourth most common neurological disorder on par with dementiaand stroke. What does this have to do with tutorial gameséWell, somehow it seems that certain types
of repetitive sensory stimuli can triggera seizure, and pulsing light, like the flashes from a computer or television screen can fitthe bill. About 3 percent of people with epilepsy, andsome individuals without, experience photosensitive seizures in response to flashing light. Thesetypes of seizures are more common in children and adolescents, the portion of the populationfor whom tutorial games are the greatest concern. Many people don't know that they are sensitiveto flickering lights until they experience a seizure. Factors that can trigger a photosensitiveseizure are 1) how quickly the light flashes, 2) the intensity of the flashing lights, 3)the distance between the viewer and the light
source, and 4) the color or wavelength ofthe light. Any repetitive visual stimuli can triggerseizure, tutorial games are seen as frequent culprits, but the incidence of these seizureevents has been on the rise since the advent of television in the 1950s. In the 90'sthere was a famous Japanese incident in which over 600 children experienced seizures andwere ized after watching a saturday morning Pokemon cartoon, and in the UK a noodlecommercial that triggered seizures led to increased regulations for broadcast television.Here in the united states, seizure warnings are becoming more and more common, but wehave yet to enact the regulatory approaches
taken by the UK and Japan. It is important to note that isolated seizurescaused by a distinct visual triggers are not enough for an epilepsy diagnosis. So to saytutorialgames cause epilepsy is a bit misleading. But they can cause seizures! And these episodescan occur when they are least expected are not without consequence. Repeated seizureactivity can lead to cognitive impairment, behavioral abnormalities and even brain damage!So the next time you sit down at a computer or television screen just know that you mightbe putting your brain at risk for much more than just a good time.
For other new research on how tutorial gamesaffect the brain, check out this recent tutorial from Trace.