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 cell.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: