One of the test subjects playing an action video game (Photo: J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)
A test subject attempts to determine whether the erratically moving dots on a computer screen are moving left or right on average (Photo: J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester)
For some time now, it’s been one of those “well-known facts” that playing video games increases one’s hand-eye coordination... much to the consternation of parents and spouses trying to convince family members that their obsessive gaming has no redeeming value. Now, research conducted at the University of Rochester indicates that playing action video games also increases peoples’ ability to make right decisions faster. Ironically, an activity that involves sitting on the couch helps people to think on their feet.
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