Playing More Pleasurable to Males than Females?

Science Daily reports on a study conducted at he Stanford University School of Medicine, in which researcher found out that playing activated the brain’s pleasure center of males more than female.

[T]he researchers found that the participants showed activation in the brain’s mesocorticolimbic center, the region typically associated with reward and addiction. Male brains, however, showed much greater activation, and the amount of activation was correlated with how much territory they gained. (This wasn’t the case with women.) (Science Daily, Feb, 4, 2008.)

The researchers say that this might help to explain why males are more easily addicted to games. However, would this result also implicate that males are, in general, more competitive1 than females, because of the more activation in success in a game?

Notes

  1. Stock exchange is not easily distinguished from a game based on the formal features (this applies business also).
  2. Study by Allan Reiss et al., published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.
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