In the Electronic Engineering Times this week: The skills needed to defeat Bowser are similar to those required of laparoscopic surgeons, contends Dr. James Rosser, developer of a videogame for surgical trainees."There is, indeed, a positive correlation between videogaming and increased hand-eye coordination, reaction time, spatial visualization, neuro-psychological tests, visual attentiveness and mental rotation," Rosser said. A study by Beth Israel and the U.S. Department of Defense's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center found that surgeons who play videogames before surgery have 37 percent fewer errors and complete surgeries 27 percent faster. "Videogames can be natural teachers," concludes Dr. Greg Mogel, special assistant to the tech center's director.
Posted by Jon Daley on May 3, 2005, 10:00 am | Read 3036 times
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Good thing I'm not a surgeon. Thus far the purpose of video games in my life has been to give my nephews something to cream me in. It's not that I haven't tried to improve -- I did put "Lego Racers II" on my Christmas list once, I believe, but everybody laughed at me. (Now I suppose I'll get 10 copies this Christmas....)
Posted by SursumCorda on May 3, 2005, 10:42 am

No, we know what's good for you, or what isn't. Remember Dad and Lemmings? Anyway, I've heard of this type of study before. I wonder if it's as good if not better if people also do woodworking, or paying a musical instrument, or any number of other things that could improve eye-hand coordination.
Posted by Janet on May 3, 2005, 2:51 pm
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