Video Games May Improve Visual Perception
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According to a study conducted by the University of Rochester and published in the journal Nature, people who grew up with video games, considered themselves video game players, or were subject to preliminary video game training scored far better on visual quickness and analysis tests than their non video-game playing counterparts.
Here's a clip from an article about the study at the San Fransisco Gate news website.
Researchers at the University of Rochester found that young adults who regularly played video games full of high-speed car chases and blazing gun battles showed better visual skills than those who did not. For example, they kept better track of objects appearing simultaneously and processed fast-changing visual information more efficiently. As any statistician will tell you, these results are preliminary, with a small group of people, and at most develop correlation between video games and visual acuteness, not neccesarily cause. Yet, while this test may be a long way from proving any true health benifits for video game players, it certainly is an interesting study and is well worth a read.
To rule out the possibility that visually adept people are simply drawn to video games, the researchers conducted a second experiment. They found that people who do not normally play video games but were trained to play them developed enhanced visual perception.
Head on over to the SF Gate at the link below to check out the full article about the study.
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