Video Gamers Still Have Better Visual Scanning Abilities
from the ok,-ok,-we-get-it... dept
We've had plenty of stories pointing out ways that video games can be beneficial in some way or another, including improved visual skills. So, it should come as no surprise that yet another study is pointing out the exact same thing, saying that video game players are better at scanning the world around them quickly. That makes sense, given the fact that video games often train people to scan the environment around them as quickly as possible. The researcher in charge of this project even points out that the improved scanning speed could help someone avoid a car accident -- but that it takes an awful lot of gaming to improve visual scanning speed by any useful amount. Of course, as if going out of his way to avoid giving any more fodder for Steven Johnson's treatise, the researcher makes it clear that this shouldn't be seen as meaning that video games are somehow "good" for you, but just that it can, in certain situations, speed up your ability to scan the environment.