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Some Video Gamers 'Hear' Sound Effects After Playing, Study Finds

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  1. micropage7

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    Whether it's an explosion, a scream or a voice
    saying, "go, go, go," some video gamers continue
    to hear sound effects long after they have
    stopped playing, a new study finds.
    Psychology researchers surveyed more than 1,200
    people through online gaming forums who said
    they had experienced hallucination-like
    perceptions , thoughts and behaviors after gaming.
    Of this group, 12 percent reported hearing
    imaginary sounds after playing video games,
    according to study, published in the latest issue
    of the International Journal of Cyber Behaviour,
    Psychology and Learning.
    Sometimes this small group of gamers thought
    their "auditory experiences" were real. They
    reported hearing cars, lasers, bullets, explosions,
    swords, screams, falling coins, ringing, beeping
    and breathing. One gamer heard a voice
    whispering "death." Another told the researchers
    he heard the words "go, go, go" in his head when
    he wanted people to move in the subway.


    "It's important to help gamers understand their
    experiences, since re-experiencing sounds and
    voices may provoke distress, especially when
    associated with dangerous situations in the
    game," the study's lead author, Angelica Ortiz De
    Gortari, of Nottingham Trent University in
    England, said in a statement .
    Scientists have been studying these kinds of
    experiences, now known as "game transfer
    phenomena," for almost as long as video games
    have been around. In one of the earliest cases, in
    1993, a researcher detailed the plight of a woman
    who was haunted by the music of Super Mario
    Brothers. (The author at the time described this
    as "Nintendo hallucination" in his article in the
    Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.) The
    researchers of the new study previously found
    that some gamers "see" images from video games
    after playing, such as power bars above people's
    heads.
    In the new study, the researchers found that
    auditory replays were most common after long
    gaming sessions, and happened during everyday
    activities, including walking and driving. In some
    cases, these experiences kept gamers up at night.
    A few told the researchers these sounds were
    "scary," "annoying," "disconcerting," or made
    them feel like they were "going crazy."
    But the findings aren't necessarily an indictment
    on video games with intense auditory stimuli.
    Mark Griffiths, who was a co-author of the study,
    said that game transfer phenomena seem to be
    common among excessive gamers , "and most of
    these phenomena are short-lasting, temporary
    and resolve of their own accord."
    "For some gamers, the phenomena are
    conditioned responses, therefore the best way for
    the tiny minority that may have longer lasting
    phenomena is to simply cut down the amount
    they play," Griffiths said in a statement.



    http://m.livescience.com/47157-video-gamers-hear-sound-effects.html
     
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    No shit sherlock.... (not you Micropage :))

    Exposure to audio or visual stimulus for hours and hours on end leads to a 'hallucinogenic' effect afterwards? I get it after i've been exposed to a car alarm in the street for an hour - even when it stops i can still hear it.

    But then again, playing for hours and hours at a time is also very unhealthy. Sedentary seated behaviour is very bad for health. Get up and do some activity you slothful gaming bastards...
     
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    I question their methods. It was an online survey. How many of them simply went with the most bizarre options and provided explanations that befit those options? You know, typical troll behavior. I game probably 12 hours a day and my the auditory problem that plagues me the most is waking up with a song stuck (almost always vocal centric) in my head despite not hearing it all in at least the past week.
     
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    I do recall sometimes thinking I hear stuff that I heard in a game some time after playing, but it's really vague and it hasn't happened in a while.
     
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    I worked in a paper mill for 5 months when I was 19 and I had the sounds of that machinery bouncing around in my head for nearly 10 years afterward... duration and intensity of the sounds/noise seems to influence how long the effect lasts.
     
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    IO can play all day every day of the week i don't hear shit, how ever i will end up dreaming a lot about it lol.
     
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    Yeah, that's normal. I never sleep well after playing a new game for that reason. It's a lot of information that's being moved from short term to long term memory. It happens whenever you've spent a long time doing something new during a day. The best sleep comes from uneventful days.
     
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    I have dreams I'm playing BF4 sometimes.

    This is no different from hearing music in your thoughts.
     
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    If I hear a loud persistent repetative noise for a while my mind tends to still imagine its there even after its gone. Its quite annoying. However, I've can't say I've ever had it happen to me from a game.
     
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    I used to have dreams that i was actually one of the players in UT99... sorta like a live action movie. but then i did play against bots all night and day while working on my college coursework. I think I eventually had the meter cranked up all the way to god mode and even though I did manage to survive fairly well, i could never be as fast as bots acquiring and prioritising multiple targets, my brain just doesnt move that fast :p


    Id stop playing after a while and id still hear sounds of the miniguns and the death screams
     
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    You don't live in Hackney do you? That would explain it.
     
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    Not far from there actually, Im from Tottenham.
     
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    That was the case when I first started working at Walgreen's when I was in high school. The couple of weeks of working there I could hear the music playing in my head. Eventually it went away, but I think that's only because I learned to tone it out. I suspect with games there is a level of anxiety that's associated with challenging and competitive games that could cause elevated levels of stress hormones and/or epinephrine among other physiological and psychological processes at work during stressful events. For people who play games a lot where this is the case, I could imagine some level of mental illness with anxiety disorder-like symptoms to surface from constant exposure to stressful stimuli, in this case certain types of games.
     
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