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Can Video Games Cause an Adrenaline Reaction?

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Jarrett Gaither

on 19 May 2014

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Can Video Games Cause an Adrenaline Reaction?
Blood pressure monitor
Action video game and console

Step 1: Gather test subject(s)

Step 2: Gather vital signs/pain tolerance 5 minutes before playing

Step 3: Allow them to play for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Quickly measure vital signs/pain tolerance

Step 5: Let subject play for 5 more minutes.

Step 6: Quickly measure vital signs/pain tolerance

All of us have played a videogame at one point or another; some more seriously than others. But can it actually cause a nervous reaction? Every human has something called the sympathetic nervous system. One of the jobs of this system is to deal with stress. This is where the so called fight or flight response system originates. This response is engaged when there is a significant amount of danger, or there is thought to be, like when you are playing a video game or watching a scary movie. When engaged, the body adapts, or changes, to the circumstances that it is in to perform better in them, giving you a increased chance of survival. Obviously you cannot die by playing a videogame, but your body does not know that, and thinks it is in real danger. So,
can video games cause an adrenaline reaction?

Heart Rate After
If I have a number of test subjects play a videogame that is fast paced and involves danger, then I will see a rise in any subjects heart rate, blood pressure, and pain tolerance.

Heart Rate Before
Videogames can infact cause an adrenaline reaction. All my subjects saw a rise in blood pressure and heart rate, along with some having increased pain tolerance. The average increase of heart rate was 7.5 more beats a minute. The average increase for blood pressure was 4.25 higher then usual.
Next Time
If I were to do this expierament again, I would test more people, measure more vital signs, use more accurate measuring meathods, and have the play multiple times to compare data and find an average.

In conclusion, my project, Can Video Games Cause An Adrenaline Reaction, was a success. I tested a good amount of people, and got good results that supported my hypothesis.
Vocabulary Terms
Blood Pressure
- The pressure of the blood as it flows through your viens.

Heart Rate
- How fast your heart pumps out blood.
- A hormone that increases heart rate and blood pressure.

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