Research conducted by the University of Rochester in New York has shown that action-gamer players have strengthened abilities to translate sensory information into accurate decisions.
Although some players in the study may have started off with superior probabilistic inference skills, an additional experiment indicated and subsequently proven that playing action games amplifies an ability to analyze sensory information.
According to psychologist Daphne Bavelier from the University of Rochester, action-game players learn how to detect a range of visual and acoustic evidence that supports increasingly speedy decisions with no loss of precision and have dubbed this skill ‘probabilities inference’.
Bavelier also added “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.”
Action-game players are trained to think and act fast due to the nature of the games that they play. Slower-paced videogames often incorporate much more problem solving ability with specific solutions, but players are given time to figure out the ideal step to take.
In contrast, a slew of problems and unexpected situations are thrown at an action-game player in quick succession and he has to react to these situations as best as he can in the shortest time possible.
This new study has fascinated many in this field of academia, and psychologist Alan Castel of the University of California in Los Angeles has said that the findings are “thorough and intriguing.”
However, many questions remain unanswered and scientists are still unclear on the extent to which such conditions can aid in developing thinking improvements and situation handling, such as a pilot’s ability to land a plane in hazardous circumstances.
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