The researchers at the University of Rochester just keep on proving the nay-sayers and anti-games campaigners wrong
? this time they have found FPSs (among other fast, action-based games) can improve your eyesight.
According to Daphne Bavelier
professor of brain and cognitive sciences at UoR, "Action video game play changes the way our brains process visual information. After just 30 hours, players showed a substantial increase in the spatial resolution of their vision, meaning they could see figures like those on an eye chart more clearly, even when other symbols crowded in."
The experiment to prove this entailed two groups of students, one of which played Unreal Tournament
for an hour a day, while the second knuckled down to puzzle classic, Tetris
for the same period. The trial lasted for a month, after which the Tetris
group had not improved on a vision test, while the Unreal Tournament
were more successful than before.
"These (action) games push the human visual system to the limits and the brain adapts to it. That learning carries over into other activities and possibly everyday life,? added Bavelier.
The UoR team is planning to extend its research with the gadget to end all gadgets - a brand-new 360-degree virtual-reality computer lab at the University of Rochester. Source:The Journal Psychological Science