Study Finds That Action Games Improves Decision Making

By Colin Tan on September 15, 2010, 12:26PM EDT

Games like Call of Duty, Halo and the like are notorious for fast and accurate prods of the analog stick and extremely quick squeezes of the trigger button in order to blow some poor fool's virtual head off.

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered that playing these types of games can actually train players to make correct decisions at a faster than normal pace because of heightened situational awareness. No, not the perk.

A group of 18 to 25 year olds, who do not play games, were put to the test. Split into two groups, one played games like Call of Duty and Unreal Tournament while the other played The Sims 2. After playing, they were given a simple question about the game and had to answer as quickly as possible.

The action game group answered accurately 25 percent faster than the other group.

Researcher Daphne Bavalier says that these games help people absorb information more efficiently, thus leading to quicker decisions.

"It's not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less accurate: They are just as accurate and also faster," says Bavalier. "Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference."

See? Video games do help gamers with important life skills.

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