Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Study: Computer Game Opponents Begin To Think, Feel Alike

HELSINKI, Finland (UPI) — Playing computer games can bring two players’ emotional responses and brain activity into unison, researchers in Finland say.

Scientists at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology measured the activity of facial muscles and recorded brain signals of game players and found people go through similar emotions and display matching brainwaves when competing in a computer game.

“It’s well known that people who communicate face to face will start to imitate each other. People adopt each other’s poses and gestures, much like infectious yawning,” researcher Michiel Sovijarvi-Spape said. “What is less known is that the very physiology of interacting people shows a type of mimicry — which we call synchrony or linkage.”

The research team varied the amount of competitiveness in the gaming situation: Players teamed up against the computer and then competed directly against each other.

The more competitive the gaming gets, the more in sync are the emotional responses of the players, the researcher found, and the players often reported negative emotions associated with the linkage effect.

“Although counterintuitive, the discovered effect increases as a game becomes more competitive,” the researchers wrote in the open access journal PLoS ONE. “And the more competitive it gets, the more the players’ positive emotions begin to reflect each other. All the while their experiences of negative emotions increase.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Study: Computer Game Opponents Begin To Think, Feel Alike”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.