Playing shoot-'em-up video games strengthens a person's ability to translate sensory information quickly.
Unlike slower-paced video games, action games throw a rapid-fire series of unpredictable threats and challenges at players.
Players get tutored in detecting a range of visual and acoustic evidence that supports speedy decisions.
|Don't tell that guy blasting rampaging zombies to smithereens in his favorite video game that he's getting lessons in efficient decision making.|
Wait until he's done to deliver this buzz kill: Playing shoot-'em-up, action-packed video games strengthens a person's ability to translate sensory information quickly into accurate decisions. This effect applies to both sexes, say psychologist Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester in New York and her colleagues, even if females generally shun video games with titles such as Dead Rising and Counter-Strike.