Action games 'improve eyesight'
Call of Duty 2 better than carrots?
Playing a certain type of videogame can help to improve adult eyesight, a study conducted by a North American university has concluded.
Over the course of nine weeks, two groups of 11 adult volunteers each played a total of 50 hours of games. One group played action titles – including Call of Duty 2 - and the other set played only The Sims 2.
Researchers concluded that the action-game group showed an average improvement of between 43 and 58 per cent in their ability to discern between close shades of grey.
This is known as contrast sensitivity and helps us pick out objects set against dark backgrounds. As you get older, contrast sensitivity deteriorates.
The second group showed no improvement in contrast sensitivity whatsoever.
Daphne Bavelier, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in New York, which carried out the research, said that action games “train the brain” to process visual information more efficiently.
She also said that such improvements would last for months after play has stopped.
Bavelier’s latest research builds on her earlier videogame and eyesight research from 2007.
Back then, she discovered that volunteers playing action games for several hours each day for one month increased their ability to spot letters from within a clutter – an examination similar to one used in regular ophthalmology tests – by 20 per cent.
“This is the first demonstration that contrast sensitivity can be improved by simple training,” Bavelier said, commenting on her most recent findings. ®
How long before an improved ability to discern schoolkids against classroom backgrounds is added to the list of reasons why violent video games should be banned?
i've been playing games since the atari 2600 and its made naff all difference only last week i dropped my N95 downstairs and couldnt catch it with my jedi like reflexs
or was that the ale i cant remeber
And that's not all...
...it also made my knob bigger. Honest, Guv.
It's very simple.....
Like anything, the eyes can be trained and exercised. It's no great surprise really that people who spend lots of time trying to spot enemy "soldiers" in an action game have trained their eyes to become better at picking objects out from a cluttered background.
Out of interest, people who spend a lot of time looking at screens tend to lose some of their ability to refocus at different distances. So when you look from a close object to a far one (or the other way round) it takes a fraction of a second longer for you to focus.
May improve eyesight but......
........... already wear glasses and I am still going to blame my poor Insurgency mod K/D ratio on lag!
Mines the one with a non-gaming mouse in the pocket.