Video games can be useful afterall

Posted: March 31, 2009 in Medical, News, Technology, Video Games
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Engadget reports that “According to a study published in Nature Neuroscience, video game training may help people improve contrast sensitivity, or the ability to differentiate between shades of gray. Among the two groups studied, the most improvement was noted among folks who played games which required precise, visually guided aiming actions, such as Call of Duty 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004. “When people play action games,” said Daphne Bavelier, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, “they’re changing the brain’s pathway responsible for visual processing. These games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it, and we’ve seen the positive effect remains even two years after the training was over.”

Earlier Engadget also reported  that video games will make for better surgeons!

“According to a new study published in the Archives of Surgery, surgeons who put in their downtime playing video games proved to have considerably higher surgical skills than their non-gamer co-workers, in particular when it came to laparoscopic surgery, which involves manipulating instruments while staring at a monitor.” –

You heard it people, hop on your video game consoles and start gaming! I am for it and see that there might be some true behind it, but moderation is key here.

  1. matt says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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