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Gaming is good for you!

October 10th 2016

by CQ

Moderate video gamers show enhanced perception and attention skills, research reveals.

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“It appears that even very moderate gamers have enhanced processing ability, leading to better performance in perceptual and attentional tasks,” said lead researcher Dr Christina Howard, a psychologist in the university’s School of Social Sciences.”

Christina Howard, Nottingham Trent University
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“Five percent could have a significant impact if you think of five out of 100 rapid events potentially being missed by non-gamers but seen by videogame players.It could be the case that people who already have these superior perception and attention skills are drawn to gaming – or it might be that they develop these skills as a result of their video gaming activity.Either way, we believe the findings might have implications for everyday activities which require enhanced rapid perception. This might include driving, sports – playing, refereeing or judging for instance – or professions which require close monitoring of systems, such as CCTV.”

Christina Howard, Nottingham Trent University

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