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How Video Games Can Cause Seizures

Certain images can trigger seizures, especially if someone is epileptic. How exactly does this happen?

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Japanese cartoon triggers seizures in hundreds of children

“The bright flashing lights of a popular TV cartoon became a serious matter Tuesday evening, when they triggered seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.”

Photic- and Pattern-induced Seizures: A Review for the Epilepsy Foundation of America Working Group

“This report summarizes background material presented to a consensus conference on visually provoked seizures, convened by the Epilepsy Foundation of America.”

Photosensitive Epilepsy and Image Safety

“Photosensitive epilepsy came to prominence in the 1950s with the advent of television.”

Photosensitivity and Seizures

“For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or to certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy.”

Cognitive effects of seizures



“We aimed to review recent prospective and cross-sectional studies regarding the gradual and chronic effects of (cumulative) seizures on cognition.”
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