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A mixture of excitement and frustration, a study revealed - Online poker play

Behavioral research consultancy “SimpleUsability” has currently conducted an interesting study on brain function of individuals when they play the game of poker. Six online poker players from three different levels, including two experts, two intermediates and two beginners, were subject to this scientific experiment. While playing Texas Hold 'Em, the six individuals emitted emotional and cognitive states as measured on EEG (electroencephalography). Frustration, engagement and excitement are among the various brain signals recorded by the device, based on a 35 to 40-minute of game.



The researchers found out that the more experienced players get easily bored playing at one table. However, their levels of excitement increase when simultaneously came their turns at the multiple tables. As for their part, intermediate players were frustrated while playing on two tables, especially when it comes to adopt a key decision. All players actually share pretty similar peaks of excitement at certain situations. Beginner players hit the excitement peaks when facing an immediate decision-making on whether to call or fold. Interestingly, all players are highly excited when it comes to a win or conversely, a strong frustration following a loss. Conclusion to be drawn from this study is that that the game of poker is good for our brain, given the fact that it benefits from important trainings, such as card recalling, mathematical calculations and strategic thinking. It was also suggested that online gaming is an excellent anti-stress, provided that healthy and safety measures are taken to avoid addiction.

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