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Creator of "Dinotopia"! This daily weblog by James Gurney is for illustrators, comic artists, plein-air painters, sketchers, animators, art students, and writers.
1. Video Gaming Activates Pleasure Centers

A study by Simone Kuhn of Ghent, Belgium suggests that playing video games changes the brain and activates the same pleasure centers that light up when gambling. Even when losing, a player is hooked by the payoffs of hormones and deep neural centers.

But I think that puts video games in an unfair light. I'll bet that a lot of the things we love to do, such as sketching, probably activate the same "reward hub." For me, laying in a watercolor wash feels like pulling a slot machine handle. More times than not, I lose my quarter and come up empty. But something in my brain says, "Pull the handle one more time!"

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