Functional Intergation Between the Salience and Central Executive Networks: A Role for Action Video Game Expereince


Using resting-state fMRI, this study examined the influence of action video game (AVG) experience on two canonical brain functional networks – Salience Network (SN) and Central Executive Network (CEN). Based on the proposition that SN and CEN interacted with each other to support attention and working memory, we explored whether AVG playing, which required high load of attention and working memory, was related to enhancements of SN and CEN. We found that compared AVG amateurs, AVG experts had an enhanced functional integration between SN and CEN, which was further supported by results of the graph theoretical analysis. Thus, this study is the first to show the relation between AVG playing and the plasticity of SN and CEN. The results also support the cognitive benefits of AVG experience on attention and working memory.

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Diankun Gong, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China

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Conference: ACP2015
Stream: Neuroscience

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