Action Games Help Your Brain, Says Brain Scientist

Action games make gamers better at juggling multiple thoughts at once than the average non-gamer, according to a recent TED talk by Cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier. Gamer brains also have better motion tracking skills and a superior ability to distinguish grey objects from a grey background — thank you, Unreal Engine, for pumping out games rendered in seventy thousand shades of grunge.

Watch the lecture to see for yourself:

I was surprised to learn that action gamers tend to develop superior eyesight — tracking motion and distinguishing detail makes sense to me, but actually scoring higher on a standard eye exam? Wow.

via PC Gamer

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2 Comments on Action Games Help Your Brain, Says Brain Scientist


On November 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Wow, she’s like, girls doing something intelligent: Sudoku.
Guys doing something intelligent: Reading Shakespeare.
Nice, seriously.


On November 24, 2012 at 2:49 am

Another reason to help myself justify spending ridiculous game time. :P