WATCH: Scientists say playing Pokémon as a kid may have altered your brain and left a Pikachu-shaped hole in your heart
There's a reason you light up every time you see an animal that looks even slightly similar to Pikachu, Bulbasaur and Charizard.
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Did you love Pokémon growing up? Do your kids love watching Pokémon and playing the game now? Do you both light up and completely fail to fight the urge of saying, “pika pika” every time you walk past an animal that appears remotely similar to a bright yellow, Pokémon character?  

Well, the game may very well have left you with a Pikachu shaped hole in your heart, or at the very least, a “Pokémon region” in your brain. 

According to a study conducted by Stanford scientists, it turns out spending most of your childhood trying to “catch ém all” may have actually altered your brain. 

Watch the video above to learn more.

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