Physical Improvements

I have been doing a lot of reading on how playing videogames can improve our lives, and I love this article because rather than the debatable psychological improvements people claim to develop, this study focuses on the physical, measurable qualities that can be traced back to playing videogames.

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/20/132077565/video-games-boost-brain-power-multitasking-skills

I don’t know if anyone else has ever walked out of a movie feeling completely influenced by the subject matter; I recently walked out of the new X-Men movie looking everyone in the eye and feeling like I could take on anything. It’s no secret that a great deal of our potential is locked into our willingness to believe in it and to practice it, and this article seems to suggest that videogames are a key to unlocking that potential.

Another aritcle I read said that it’s a fact that the more we practice something, the better we get at it. This article shows that the skills we practice in videogames have real life applications. For example, professor Bavelier (from the University of Rochester) proves that “constrast sensitivity” (the ability to see different shades of gray) is measurably improved by playing videogames and helps us in real life situations, such as driving in the fog.

I am very interested in these real world applications, so if you can think of any particularly worthy of exploration, please let me know.

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One thought on “Physical Improvements”

  1. I completely agree on video games helping physical improvements. Aside from your ideas, which are very good, I also think that the physical, manipulation of the controllers can make somebody way more adept manually. Maybe this would be- and it may already exist- an activity that would be beneficial for people in rehab?
    Wouldn’t this make them want to do more physical therapy and enjoy it more as well?

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