I know we always used to tell mom that video games were "good for our concentration." But were my brothers and I really on to something?
Maybe, says psychologist Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester in New York. Wired reports:
Action-game players get tutored in detecting a range of visual and acoustic evidence that supports increasingly speedy decisions with no loss of precision, the scientists report in the Sept. 14 Current Biology. Researchers call this skill probabilistic inference.
“What’s surprising in our study is that action games improved probabilistic inference not just for the act of gaming, but for unrelated and rather dull tasks,” Bavelier says.