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New study finds that action games accelerate cognitive functions

Thick in the head? Can't think straight? Maybe it's time to shoot people. Virtual people, of course. According to new research, plugging into action-oriented video games can accelerate a gamer's cognitive functions by up to 25%.

This is the finding of a recent University of Rochester experiment wherein dozens of 18-25-year-old casual gamers were split into two groups and made to play either 50-hours of "fast-moving, first person shooting games" - Call of Duty 2 and Unreal Tournament 2 - or 50 hours of The (not-so-fast) Sims 2. Afterward, researchers subjected their red-eyed volunteers to a series of visual and audio tests. According to the results, those who played the action games were not only 25% quicker at answering, but just as apt to give as many correct answers as their Sim study partners.

In an effort to make sense of the results, one of the study's authors, Daphne Bavelier, offers: "It's not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less accurate: they are just as accurate and also faster. 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 difference."

Ah, more validation for the hundreds of hours we've pumped into shooters! Not that we're planning to become combat surgeons any time soon...

[Source: Gamasutra]

Sep 14, 2010



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13 comments

  • PipBowl420 - September 16, 2010 6:08 a.m.

    hell yeah! lol i watched this on Daily Planet (a Canadian Science and etc. show) they also said that the test results of the COD players were also more accurate lol
  • cyberpirate - September 15, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    now i know why im the smart one in my class
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 15, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    That's kew. Now I can pull this on my parents! Thanks, Games Radar!
  • batmanboy11 - September 15, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Cool.
  • awsomemaster - September 15, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    i think i saw this on the news the other day and i was like "see games ARE good for you" and my mom agrees, that's why she has always let me play shooters and rpg's ect because she knew it help's with thinking. go games!
  • gopikmin - September 15, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    I was going to actually research something like this for my research class
  • grappler51 - September 14, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    Did they have to play for 50 hours straight? because I wouldn't be able to answer any questions after that long.
  • Oxtranzor - September 14, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    Hmmm I wonder if playing RTSes at (korean) lightspeed helps too...
  • BlindMarksman - September 14, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    These are OOOOOooold news...
  • festafreak - September 14, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Didn't read the article, but I just want to say WOOO COD2!!!2 That is what activision needs to do. Make Call of Duty 2: 2... (yeah, cod2: the second)
  • Gameguy94 - September 14, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    Crap my school work has been cutting into my study time(gaming time)...MOM! I NEED to play my games...NAOW!!!11!!
  • frmonth - September 14, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Wow I remeber playing Call of Duty 2 on the PC, that was some good times. And now I know that it was benefitting me all along.
  • ShaneCedt - September 14, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    see, shooting people is helpful, mom

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