The Beneficial Effects Of First-Person Shooters

How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.

Mindblowing stat: One month after the release of Call of Duty: Black Opps, the game had been played for more than 600 million hours, which is the equivalent of 68,000 years.

Some counter-intuitive findings:

  • Playing Call of Duty for five to 15 hours a week improves you vision.
  • Playing Halo does not lead to attention problems.

I need to start playing first-person shooters again!


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