When it comes to video game doctors, you can’t be the only one who likes to watch video games

Dr. David Mazzanoble, who’s a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois, recently presented a paper on the intersection of video games and neuroscience. 

Mazzanobs work was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which he is credited with being the first to publish the findings in his research.

In a paper entitled “Visual game addiction and its neurobiological correlates,” Mazzanioble examined how people with gaming-induced addiction (VIE) are more likely to report experiencing a variety of negative emotional states than people without VIE. 

In the paper, MazzanoBles findings showed that those with VIE who reported experiencing the negative emotions of frustration, anxiety, fear, and shame more frequently reported having “vicious” gaming habits.

“In general, the more negative the emotional experience, the greater the likelihood of devoting energy and resources to the negative emotion,” the researchers write in the paper.

Mazzaniobs research was conducted in partnership with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the University at Buffalo, which he helped found in 2006. 

The research was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.