A study by Duke University is testing fans and video game users to assess their mental agility and decision making. Using a visual memory test showed that the best results were the gamers

For some time the results of various investigations are supporting the use of video games, given the significant improvements in cognitive abilities of the fans. A few months ago we knew how simulation video games caused an increase in selective attention and peripheral processing performance.

And the old idea that video games are bad has been completely discarded by science. The improvement of cognitive abilities is evident. These days we are witnessing new presentations of E3 in Los Angeles, new research becomes to support the beneficial effects of video games on the fans that used consistently.

A study in the Stephen Mitroff’s Visual Cognition Lab, the Area of ​​Psychiatry, Duke University, confirms that video game users perceive reality differently. In his work, published in the journal Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, participants who were used to play video games on a regular basis more immediately saw reality, and were able to make decisions more quickly than those who did not play.

In other words, gamers could extract more information from the same visual scene. To confirm their hypothesis, the team led by Greg Appelbaum recruited 125 participants; including users were playing a very intense to the console, and those who did not practice this kind of entertainment.

The study consisted of visual play a game in which participants viewed for only a split second a circle of eight letters. Then, the image disappeared, and appeared an arrow pointing to a point where it would have been a letter before, with a delay varying between 13 milliseconds and 2.5 seconds. Participants had to respond after which letter corresponded to the arrow that appeared later.

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The test results showed that gamers respond faster to visual stimuli. Not only is it to be more nimble, but also noted that less information needed to reach the same conclusions. In other words, they were better able to perform what is known as probabilistic inference needed to make a decision.

American researchers raised three possible explanations for their findings: those gamers look better; they had better visual memory and their ability to be more agile decision. Discarded the second option, scientists believe that this study should deepen analyzing brain waves and magnetic resonance imaging of the participants, in order to understand why have competitive advantages in these visual training.

One study, in conclusion, that again shows the beneficial effects of video games on users. Fans see the world from another perspective, much faster, resulting in a clear improvement in their ability to resolve and mental agility.