Will playing Halo improve reflexes

Dated: December 16 2022

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Playing action video games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto may improve your decision-making skills, according to scientists at the University of Rochester.

 

The scientists tested participants who played games at least five hours a week and compared them with non-gamers in a series of exercises: One involved displaying an array of dots and asking volunteers to quickly determine which direction they were moving, and another test put the volunteers in headphones and required them to identify whether a sound was heard in the left ear or the right.

 

In both experiments, gamers made the correct decision faster than non-gamers. In addition, when non-gamers played 50 hours of action video games, their decisions improved as well.

 

Researchers theorize that the brain’s ability to make probabilistic inferences is strengthened by fast-paced games; strategy or role-playing games didn’t produce the same results.

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