Mom, Dad, you may want to sit down for this one.
Daphne Bavelier Cognitive Research -professor at the University of Geneva Studies Cognitive neuroscience has stated, “Action Video Games improves Perception, Attention, Cognition, …and Vision.”
I know what your are thinking, How many arguments have we had with our kids over playing video games?
Let me be the first to admit this; I was torn between believing what she was saying, and whether or not I wanted my son to find out about this.
Ms. Bavelier has been researching this for a long time, and what she uncovered makes a lot of sense. So as Steve Jobs said, “…[mistakes]…admit them quickly, and get on with improving…”
Even Rick Nauert PHD stated [Action based video] games could help [an athlete] …focus on relevant visual information.” How about a baseball and “Where’s this Pitch?”
Heck, when you consider these visual and mental improvements and put them into a baseball perspective, you’ll soon realize Action Video Games will not only improve your hitting, it will improve your ability to pick up a baseball [e.g., rotation, location] in the field too.
Playing Action Video Games improve:
- Contrast sensitivity – “…even those with normal visual acuity could improve their ability to detect contrast and make sense of visual clutter by playing action video games.”
- Visual Acuity – According to Jay Pratt, professor at the University of Toronto stated, “Video gamers pick up very subtle, statistical irregularities in environments”
- Improve reaction time – Able to “detect new information coming at them faster,” therefore becoming more efficient – more effective.
Imagine the benefit you will receive, not just to your hitting, but to every aspect of your game.
Outfielder Shawn Green said, “… those in professions that demand ‘super-normal’ visual attention, such as … [athletes] would benefit enormously from enhanced visual attention….”
So let’s get on with improving! In fact, we should require umpires to play video games?
Yeah, “that’s the ticket!”
So ho much? How much is enough when it comes to playing video games? Greek poet Hesiod (c700 bc) said, “observe due measure; moderation is best in all things.” My guess this applies to Action Video Games.
Worth mentioning: Ms. Bavelier did go onto say, “intense retraining of the … eye in the context of high action video games can improve acuity regardless of age.”
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