The Italian psychologists made a research and found out that the people addicted to the computer games are unable to analyze their mistakes. The specialists had tested the group of 20 gamers and compared the results with the ones of the average people with different hobbies. The tasks were the same. The analysis of these people’s answers showed that though the both groups had the same intellectual level, the fans of the computer games continue repeated making the previous mistakes.
To study the peculiarities of the gamers the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) which is used for diagnosing the patients with the schizophrenia. The ones being tested ave to choose the cards which match each other according to the size, colour or shape. The difficulty is the fact that there is not always clear what criteria will be appropriate. The healthy people with no mental disorders tried another variant when they understood that the criteria they chose were wrong. They were able to complete the task with no any significant effort as they could remember their erroneous variants. The mentally disordered people keep choosing the cards by chance, making no analysis of the previous tries which appeared to be mistakes. Though the gamers taking part in the experiment had the normal abilities and were quite healthy their results didn’t differ a lot from the results of the patients with abnormal states.
The gamers have the pathological alternations of the mind sphere which prevent them for remembering the information received earlier. In the moment when we learn something the fragile “bridges” are being built between the brain cells. That is a mark for the data received which is called the temporal connections in the psychology. To be able to produce these binds the brain should be in a proper condition. The gaming addicts have the altered chemical reactions in their brain that’s why to remember the new information by producing the temporal binds is hard for them. They make greater effort to memorize the mistake they made and keep repeating it in the further tasks.
To understand why that happened the specialists studied the habits of the gaming addicts. The reasons for that phenomenon is the existence of the “save” key. In a game you may start with the certain time and place, but there isn’t such option in a real life. And of course one can’t reboot and start the life one more time.