Reduced fiber integrity and cognitive control in adolescents with internet gaming disorder (2014)

Brain Res. 2014 Aug 27. pii: S0006-8993(14)01119-6. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.08.044.

Xing L1, Yuan K2, Bi Y1, Yin J1, Cai C1, Feng D1, Li Y1, Song M1, Wang H3, Yu D4, Xue T5, Jin C3, Qin W6, Tian J7.


The association between the impaired cognitive control and brain regional abnormalities in Internet gaming disorder (IGD) adolescents had been validated in numerous studies. However, few studies focused on the role of the salience network (SN), which regulates dynamic communication among brain core neurocognitive networks to modulate cognitive control. Seventeen IGD adolescents and 17 healthy controls participated in the study. By combining resting-state functional connectivity and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography methods, we examined the changes of functional and structural connections within SN in IGD adolescents. The color-word Stroop task was employed to assess the impaired cognitive control in IGD adolescents. Correlation analysis was carried out to investigate the relationship between the neuroimaging indices and behavior performance in IGD adolescents. The impaired cognitive control in IGD was validated by more errors during the incongruent condition in color-word Stroop task. The right SN tract showed the decreased fractional anisotropy (FA) in IGD adolescents, though no significant differences of functional connectivity were detected. Moreover, the FA values of the right SN tract were negatively correlated with the errors during the incongruent condition in IGD adolescents. Our results revealed the disturbed structural connectivity within SN in IGD adolescents, which may be related with impaired cognitive control. It is hoped that the brain-behavior relationship from network perspective may enhance the understanding of IGD.


Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); Fractional anisotropy (FA); Internet gaming disorder (IGD); Resting-state; Salience network (SN)