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Video Games Actually Improve Real Life Skills

Written on December 21, 2010 by Chris Martin

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MOM, listen up. There's more to a video game than blowing stuff up or getting a virtual achievement and trophy. They actually improve skills that are essential in real life, and we have evidence to prove it.

Researchers from University of Rochester and University Toronto conducted studies that may very well prove that video games can help develop a person’s in attention, vision, and particular aspects of cognition. This means they can see details better, can keep focus longer, and then some. Top that with a bag of chips and we’re ready to party.

Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester has made studies where she tested gamers and non-gamers on their “contrast sensitivity” skills or the ability to discern shades of gray. The gamers recorded impressive marks over the non-gamers.

She also mentioned that gamers are able to receive new informations quicker and are more capable to multitask than non-gamers.

On the other hand, Professor of psychology and brain researcher Jay Pratt from the University of Toronto conducted studies which pitted men against women in a series of tests that judge one’s spatial cognition, a very important skill in math and engineering. His research recorded that men (exposed to video games) achieve significanly higher test scores than women. He later on exposed the women to 10 hours of action video games and let them take the test again, and the results were stunning. Women’s scores significantly improved.

So parents out there, next time your kid is playing or any other game, don’t immediately judge them that nothing is going to happen to their lives. Playing them involves real-life skills too. And don’t worry, we completely agree that it should be taken in moderation. Playing video games is bad if it constitutes 90% of a person’s life.

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