Don Moore

New Study Shows Video Gamers Are More Efficient Decision Makers

In Gaming, Science, Video Games on September 13, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Take that, mom & dad. Video games are good for you! At least, according to a new study released by Current Biology says they are. The study, titled “Improved Probabilistic Inference as a General Learning Mechanism with Action Video Games” asserts that action video games help gamers became increasingly efficient at making quick decisions with no loss in precision or accuracy.

In short, gamers are better at making on the fly decisions, because that is essentially what action games are about: rapidly taking in information and making rapid, accurate decisions based on the information. This skill is called probabilistic inference, and can seemingly be transferred to more practical (but way, way less fun) activities.

So just remind your significant other the next time they attempt to pry your frail, clammy hands from that controller: it’s actually making you a better decision maker.

View the entire study at


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