Can you save the world by zapping the bad guys in your favorite
video game? Probably not. But a recent study suggests that playing
action video games See video game console. ?may improve your visual skills and can actually
“sharpen the mind.”
Frequent gamers learn to process visual information more quickly,
says Daphne Bavelier, a University of Rochester The University of Rochester (UR) is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian research university located in Rochester, New York. The university is one of 62 elected members of the Association of American Universities. ?professor who led the
study. She believes that some games might help rehabilitate stroke
victims and people with impaired (damaged) eyesight.
“It's certainly good training for people in situations where
they need to detect things in their visual environment at any time, in
any location,”. She says, “like ground troops going through
As part of the study, researchers tested the visual skills of
several volunteers. They then trained the individuals on the military
game Medal of Honor Medal of Honor
highest American military decoration for wartime gallantry. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]See : Bravery . The training, it was found, increased the
players’. Ability to detect (spot) objects on screen.
But not everyone agrees that playing video games is good for you.
“The risk of the games,”. One parent told The New York New York, state, United States
New York,?Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It's bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut. The Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of ?Times, “is that they're so compelling that a child …. Might fail
to play in other ways and fall behind in the [development] of other
kinds of skills.”
What do you think? Will video games make you smarter–or turn you
into a couch potato couch potato?An Americanism for a sedentary person, usually ♂, whose predominant non-work activity consists in lying on a couch, watching TV. See Television intoxication ‘syndrome.’. Cf Vigourous exercise. ?