posted on Sep, 13 2010 @ 09:44 PM
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2010), Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to
make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and
this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday
activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.
The researchers tested dozens of 18- to 25-year-olds who were not ordinarily video game players. They split the subjects into two groups. One group
played 50 hours of the fast-paced action video games "Call of Duty 2" and "Unreal Tournament," and the other group played 50 hours of the slow-moving
strategy game "The Sims 2."
After this training period, all of the subjects were asked to make quick decisions in several tasks designed by the researchers. In the tasks, the
participants had to look at a screen, analyze what was going on, and answer a simple question about the action in as little time as possible (i.e.
whether a clump of erratically moving dots was migrating right or left across the screen on average). In order to make sure the effect wasn't limited
to just visual perception, the participants were also asked to complete an analogous task that was purely auditory.
The action game players were up to 25 percent faster at coming to a conclusion and answered just as many questions correctly as their strategy game
"It's not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less accurate: They are just as accurate and also faster," Bavelier said.
"Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the
edit on 13/9/10 by King Loki because: fixed source