Video games might help kids' decision-making

September 14, 2010 1:35:34 PM PDT
Those action-packed video games your children are obsessed with could actually serve a beneficial purpose.

A new study in the journal Current Biology finds they may help train people to make quick, accurate decisions in all aspects of life.

Authors of the study theorize that action games, such as Halo, encourage players to better use evidence drawn from their senses in decision-making and that those decisions are just as accurate as those of non-players.

Scientists say this is evidence that the fast-paced gamers are not responding in a trigger-happy fashion.

Study authors found it was only action games that seem to have this effect, not strategy or role-playing games.


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