Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Action video games boost learning in teenagers ......

Teenagers with a passion for video games will likely use this information to their advantage when arguing with parents. Scientists linked playing action video games to improved gaming skills and learning capabilities as well.
Daphne Bavelier, research professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, US said “Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better learners .Our brains keep predicting what will come next – whether when listening to a conversation, driving, or even performing surgery.”
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In the study, Bavelier and her team used a pattern discriminant task to find differences between the visual performances of action video game players compared to scores of individuals who do not play video games.
The group of action video game players had significantly better results than non-players, and the results have been attributed to their brains using a better template for each task required, researchers found.
Scientists claim video game players improved their task templates compared with the control group who played non-action video games or no games at all.
“When they began the perceptual learning task, action video gamers were indistinguishable from non-action gamers; they didn’t come to the task with a better template,” Bavelier said.
The next phase of Bevelier’s research team is to investigate which attributes of action video games play a key role in boosting learning abilities.
“Games other than action video games may be able to have the same effect. They may need to be fast paced, and require the player to divide his or her attention, and make predictions at different time scales, Bavelier surmised.