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Scientists say Pokémon may have had an impact on your brain

May 22, 2019 - 4:00 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Did you play with Pokémon as a child or did your children play with Pokémon.

According to a new study from Stanford University, the Pokémon phenomenon is teaching us a great deal about the human brain.

It seems that people who played Pokémon as children had to focus on dozens of characters with odd looks and even stranger names.

Scientists say they are studying some of these children years later and showing them images of Pokémon, while measuring the impact on the brain using MRI brain scans.

What they have found is that certain parts of the brain of former Pokémon players reacted to images far more strongly than volunteers who hadn't play the game.

In addition, the part of the brain that was impacted was consistent in all the Pokémon players it's a part of the brain called the occipitotemporal sulcus.