Gamers 'hear sounds after play'

People who play video games 'intensively' can hear associated sounds afterwards, research has shown

People who play video games 'intensively' can hear associated sounds afterwards, research has shown

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Video-gamers can still hear the sounds from their computer games, such as explosions, screams or music, long after they have finished playing, research suggests.

Playing games "intensively" - such as for long sessions or playing frequently - appears to be more commonly associated with experiencing sounds from games in the real world, experts said.

Psychologists visited online forums for players and collected data from 1,244 people who had experienced "game transfer phenomena" - where perceptions, thoughts and behaviours are influenced by video game-playing.

Of these, 155 (12%) claimed they had auditory experiences as a result of game play, according to the research published in the International Journal of Cyber Behaviour, Psychology and Learning.

The authors, from Nottingham Trent University's International Gaming Research Unit, found that people reported hearing sound effects such as weapons, explosions, vehicles groans, screams or breathing.

They also reported gearing beeping, percussive sounds and lasers.

Gamers reported hearing sounds as they were trying to drift off to sleep or during day-to-day activities such as walking or driving.

Angelica Ortiz De Gortari, a psychology researcher in Nottingham Trent University's School of Social Sciences, said: " This research supports findings of previous studies into game transfer phenomena, which show that video game- playing can induce pseudo hallucinatory-like experiences.

"These experiences can sometimes result in illogical thoughts and behaviours.

"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."

Researcher Professor Mark Griffiths said: "Game transfer phenomena appears to be commonplace 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."

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11:27am Tue 29 Jul 14

Azphreal says...

I used to work shrink wrapping lollies at Parrs (shows how long ago that was lol) and every time i closed my eyes i could see them going past on the conveyer so its not a 'games only' effect.
I used to work shrink wrapping lollies at Parrs (shows how long ago that was lol) and every time i closed my eyes i could see them going past on the conveyer so its not a 'games only' effect. Azphreal
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1:15pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Copley23 says...

....and those checkout folk at the supermarkets.....phe
w...horrid to take that home in your head every day :-/
....and those checkout folk at the supermarkets.....phe w...horrid to take that home in your head every day :-/ Copley23
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1:39pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Yemen says...

>The authors, from Nottingham Trent University's International Gaming Research Unit, found that people reported hearing sound effects such as weapons, explosions, vehicles groans, screams or breathing.

well to be fair you want to hear breathing or something is very wrong ...
>The authors, from Nottingham Trent University's International Gaming Research Unit, found that people reported hearing sound effects such as weapons, explosions, vehicles groans, screams or breathing. well to be fair you want to hear breathing or something is very wrong ... Yemen
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