If you need a fast and accurate decision maker, hire a gamer

Monday, 20 September, 2010

Avid gamers can develop the ability to make fast decisions, based on incomplete information, decisions that have been found to be just as accurate as those made by slower thinking non-gamers.

But there turns out to be a type of game that is known to boost a variety of skills, from decision making to tracking multiple objects: standard action games. A study, released today by Current Biology attempts to explain how these video games can produce such wide-ranging improvements. The authors of the study argue that the root of all these tasks involves making a probabilistic inference, where complete information is missing, so people have to make a best guess based on known odds. Video gaming, in their view, increases the efficiency at which people can process the odds and make an accurate decision – gamers simply can do more with less. As a result, any task of this sort sees benefits.

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Gaming a great primer for would-be competitive athletes

Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Aside from fitness levels, people who spend a lot of time playing computer games have a fair bit in common with top athletes:

“Gaming shares many characteristics with sport, in the sense that it’s extremely competitive, it involves a high degree of skill, and it’s governed by quite strict rules,” he told PC Pro. “Their ability to regulate anxiety was very similar.”

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Gaming may improve vision and make your night driving safer

Tuesday, 4 August, 2009

Gaming can boost our vision it seems, with some regular players experiencing an increase in the range of colour tones they can detect visually.

Well-practiced action gamers became 58 per cent better at perceiving fine differences in contrast, Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester in New York said. The finding, which appears in the journal Nature Neuroscience, may help people who have trouble with night driving.

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