Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Playing action video games can boost learning

"A new study [1] shows for the first time that playing action video games improves learning capabilities more generally, not just the skills taught in the game."


Surgeons seem to have all the gaming fun in medicine with a number of hand-eye coordination skills being studied and perhaps honed by video game. [2,3,4]

1. Bejjanki VR, Zhang R, Li R, Pouget A, Green CS, Lu Z-L, Bavelier D. Action video game play facilitates the development of better perceptual templates. PNAS 2014 Nov;111(47):16961–16966. Available from: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/47/16961

2. Jalink MB, Heineman E, Pierie JPEN, Ten Cate Hoedemaker HO. The effect of a preoperative warm-up with a custom-made Nintendo video game on the performance of laparoscopic surgeons. Surg Endosc 2014 Nov;

3. Rosser JC, Jr, Lynch PJ, Cuddihy L, Gentile DA, Klonsky J, Merrell R. The impact of video games on training surgeons in the 21st century. Arch Surg 2007 Feb;142(2):181–186. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/archsurg.142.2.181

4. http://www.medicaldaily.com/wii-surgery-nintendo-game-console-boosts-surgeons-skills-244546

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