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Proof: Computer Games Improve Your Eyesight March 30, 2009

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In what is arguably the most important scientific discovery of the year, researchers have published the findings of a study on the effect playing action computer games has on people’s eyesight, specifically their ability to better process contrast levels.

[The] researchers studied two groups that played video games for 50 hours during a nine-week course. One group played action games such as “Call of Duty 2” and “Unreal Tournament 2004.” Another group played non-action games such as “Sims 2,” which doesn’t require precise, visually guided aiming actions. People who played the action games showed enhanced contrast sensitivity compared to those in the non-action game group, with improvements ranging from 43 percent to 58 percent, according to the study.

50 hours may seem like a lot, but the good news (depending how you look at it of course) is that it seems you wouldn’t need to keep it up. Says Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester:

…we’ve found that action video games train the brain to process the existing visual information more efficiently, and the improvements last for months after game play stopped.

I knew I was right. Mom, I hope you’re reading this.

Find the cnet article here, and the full study here.

Thanks to Deems for sharing 🙂

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