Video Games Improve Vision by 20 Percent RRS feed

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    Research says playing video games improves your bottom line on a standard eye chart

    Video games that contain high levels of action can actually improve your vision, claim researchers at the University of Rochester. Their findings, which will appear in the journal Psychological Science, show that people who played action video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved by about 20 percent in their ability to identify letters presented in clutter—a visual acuity test similar to ones used in regular ophthalmology clinics.

    “Action video game play changes the way our brains process visual information,” says Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. “After just 30 hours, players showed a substantial increase in the spatial resolution of their vision, meaning they could see figures like those on an eye chart more clearly, even when other symbols crowded in.”

    Bavelier and graduate student Shawn Green tested college students who had played few, if any, video games in the last year. “That alone was pretty tough,” says Green. “Nearly everybody on a campus plays video games.”

    At the outset, the students were given a crowding test, which measured how well they could discern the orientation of a “T” within a crowd of other distracting symbols—a sort of electronic eye chart. Students were then divided into two groups. The experimental group played Unreal Tournament for roughly one hour a day. The control group played Tetris, a game the researchers believe is equally demanding in terms of motor control, but visually less complex than the shooter.

    After about a month of near-daily gaming, the Tetris players showed no improvement on the test, but the Unreal Tournament players could tell which way the “T” was pointing much more easily than they had just a month earlier.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 2:17 AM


  • Yes the report is true...

    and there are many more non-voilance games available in the market..

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:04 PM

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  • True, but the other side of the story is that violent video games increases the tendency for violence in children. Good examples are GTA, Quake etc.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Prathul Prabhakar
    Microsoft Student Partner

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:55 AM
  • Yes the report is true...

    and there are many more non-voilance games available in the market..

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:04 PM
  • ya guys all of u r true....but what is improves the most is reflex action of hand and some what concentration to.......yes it defenitely has a detrimrntal effect if game like doom 3 are played...its really a violent game.....
    Tuesday, February 13, 2007 8:18 PM