Abstract: As video-game playing has become a ubiquitous activity in todays society, it is worth considering its potential consequences on perceptual and motor skills.
Here we show that action-video-game playing is capable of altering a range of visual skills. Four experiments establish changes in different aspects of visual attention in habitual video-game players as compared with non-video-game players. In a fifth experiment,
non-players trained on an action video game show marked improvement from their pre-training abilities, thereby establishing the role of playing in this effect.
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Action video game modifies visual selective attention [PDF]