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Gamers outperformed non-gamers at every time interval in visual tests

Gamers who sit in front of their consoles all day may actually be gaining better visual and decision-making abilities over non-gamers. 

Duke University researchers, led by Greg Appelbaum (an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Duke School of Medicine), found that gamers were better at quick visual and decision-making tests than non-gamers. 

The study used 125 college participants who were either hardcore gamers or non-gamers. The participants were asked to play a certain game where eight letters were arranged in a circle. The letters only appeared for one-tenth of a second.

Once the letters vanished, an arrow would point to a certain area in the circle where a letter had been. It was up to the participants to remember which letter was in that position. 

According to the study's results, delays in decision-making ranged from 13 milliseconds to 2.5 seconds. Both gamers and non-gamers experienced a rapid decay in memory of where the letters had been, but one thing was for sure -- gamers were quicker to the draw than non-gamers at every time interval.


Appelbaum explained that our visual system analyzes and sifts information out from what the eyes are seeing. Data that isn't used decays quickly, and while gamers sift the unused data about as fast as anyone else, they seem to be starting with more information before they even begin.

Playing video games means paying close attention to the surroundings within the fictional world to either ward off enemies, find important items or travel to a certain destination. Appelbaum said that putting a lot of time into these kinds of games can increase experience, and allow the gamers to have a better sense of visual placement and decision-making. 

This led the researchers to conclude that gamers likely see better overall, and can make better decisions from the information they have. 

"Gamers see the world differently," said Appelbaum. "They are able to extract more information from a visual scene."

This study can be found in the June edition of Attention, Perception and Psychophysics.

Source: Science Daily



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Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 11:36:52 AM , Rating: -1
quote:
Gamers see the world differently," said Appelbaum. "They are able to extract more information from a visual scene."


That is true. However, they're frequently not smarter...like any and all who proceed to buy an XBO despite all the blindingly awful things about it because they *just have to* play that XBO exclusive game. Just watch how many people abdicate their rights and all common sense to do just that.




RE: Sure, but...
By chripuck on 6/12/2013 11:46:35 AM , Rating: 3
Well it didn't take long for someone to hijack the comments...


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/13, Rating: -1
RE: Sure, but...
By chripuck on 6/12/2013 11:56:39 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Would you still feel this way if the XBO was purely digital distribution? How do you feel about Steam?

And I'm well aware of First Sale Doctrine and the cloudiness that is attributed to digital copies.


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 12:11:28 PM , Rating: 1
I have stated that I'm a huge non-fan of Steam and all digital distribution services - at least in the US.

In Europe, they're well ahead of the US in consumer rights on that model. They have confirmed in their courts that consumers have First-Sale rights to resell and otherwise dispose of digital content as they see fit.

Consumers in the USA have no such rights. So no...in this country, Steam is a bad idea. Doing anything that requires you to abdicate your rights is always a bad idea.


RE: Sure, but...
By BRB29 on 6/12/2013 12:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I have stated that I'm a huge non-fan of Steam and all digital distribution services - at least in the US.


I don't think it's going away. A grim future ahead of you my friend.


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 12:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
No, I'm sure it isn't. But don't be concerned for my future...be concerned for the future of all Americans. We're all losing our rights left, right, and center.

One can hope that maybe we'll catch up to Europe on such basic consumer rights, but I won't hold my breath. Stupid people are fine with having their rights taken away in return for convenience or cheaper price...and we are nothing if not absolutely full to the brim of stupid people.


RE: Sure, but...
By ClownPuncher on 6/12/2013 1:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
You're like the modern day Thomas Paine.


RE: Sure, but...
By ShaolinSoccer on 6/12/2013 3:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Are you calling me stupid for buying games for dirt cheap?!


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 3:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
No. I'm calling you stupid for abdicating your rights as a consumer in order to buy games dirt cheap.


RE: Sure, but...
By Rukkian on 6/12/2013 3:54:42 PM , Rating: 3
So it is stupid to get a game for $20 less since I cant turn around and sell it for $5 when I am done with it and some other company can then sell it for $20 again.

I guess if I go by your math, I am stupid as well. I prefer digital copies, so I never have to worry about physical media. I love steam, and even battle.net and being able to redownload on new computers anytime I want if I reformat, upgrade, etc. I no longer need to worry about keeping cd keys.

If we could get away from the physical media completely, we would need less shipping (less polution), less packaging (manufacturing, trees) and could probably have lower prices. So gamestop goes out of business - I am not a stock holder, I couldnt care less.


RE: Sure, but...
By Digimonkey on 6/12/2013 4:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
Motoman is just paranoid that digital licensing will be carried over to physical objects, even though there is no evidence of anyone wanting to do such a thing.


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 4:52:58 PM , Rating: 2
Actually there's enormous evidence. XBO. Or did you miss those articles?

Americans lost digital rights before they had them. People in Europe have rights for their digital purchases. Sucks to be us.


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 4:54:04 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
So it is stupid to get a game for $20 less since I cant turn around and sell it for $5 when I am done with it and some other company can then sell it for $20 again.


Yes. Because you abdicated fundamental consumer rights to do so.

This is the problem with you children. The amount of money isn't the issue. The issue is that YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS.

Wake the f%ck up.


RE: Sure, but...
By Digimonkey on 6/12/2013 5:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
It's not about waking up, it's by interpreting. I can clearly see why digital rights should be a clearly separate category. You're talking about something that isn't physical so why should it have the same exact protection?

I believe in protecting these digital distribution rights in order to promote the creation of it.

Imagine if Steam was forced to allow customers to sale or trade games. You could just form a group online where you trade one game for the next. You could end up playing 20 games because you bought one. Meanwhile you enjoyed the works of 19 studios for the price of one. Someone is out of money here. What effect do you think that'll have on the game studios?


RE: Sure, but...
By Digimonkey on 6/12/2013 5:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
meant to say 19 other studios, but even then that's not the best wording as you could have some studio overlap. I think you get the point I'm trying to make though.


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/13/2013 10:54:47 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You're talking about something that isn't physical so why should it have the same exact protection?


Because you still spent money for it. Consumer rights is consumer rights - whether what you bought is an .mp3 or a microwave.

As for "what that would do to Steam" - it would do the same exact thing it did to physical CDs, DVDs, video games, so on and so forth. Nothing. This isn't some new cooked-up concept - this is part of the fabric of our economy, without which our economy unravels into chaos.

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf...

Maybe in the EU Steam already has to allow gamers to trade and sell their games. This is the ruling that explicitly grants digital purchases the same First-Sale rights as physical purchases. And note that the software company that lost was Oracle - one of the very largest software companies in the world. The company that won is a peanut compared to Oracle.

But this is the nature of consumer rights. It's horrifying to watch you people try to make excuses for how it's OK to let corporations take away the most fundamental rights you have.

You simply aren't thinking. And it's terrifying those of us with brains in our heads.


RE: Sure, but...
By althaz on 6/12/2013 7:54:15 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe YOU should wake the fuck up. For a lot of people (incuding me), the saving of $20 is MORE than worth it for giving up the right to do something I'll NEVER EVER DO. I've never sold a used game and I've never bought one. I like to keep my games (and it's a LOT easier to keep virtual copies than physical ones).

You are an idealistic moron if you think being able to recoup $10 after spending an extra $20 is a good thing. Spoiler alert: it's not. It's $10 worse.


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/13/2013 10:56:42 AM , Rating: 2
You are the poster child for what is wrong with America.

There is never, ever, EVER a valid reason for abdicating a basic right as a citizen of the USA.

There is not one single thing you can say that will justify your assertion. All I can say at this point is please don't procreate, because your mere existence is making the world worse - we sure as f%ck don't need more of you running around. We are well beyond capacity of retards.


RE: Sure, but...
By V-Money on 6/12/2013 5:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Really? Would you still feel this way if the XBO was purely digital distribution? How do you feel about Steam?


If you think Microsoft is going to have sales like Steam I think you are in error, I can't remember ever paying more than $15 for a game from steam, I even bought Borderlands 2 for $14 a couple weeks ago. Tell me where you can get that on the Xbox 360 right now for that price. Plus the reason I'm not buying an Xbox One is because of the required internet connection, which you can argue all you want but I go on submarines, i.e. no internet, i.e. F%^# Microsoft. Also, Steam allows you to play games offline, I do it all the time.


RE: Sure, but...
By inighthawki on 6/12/2013 8:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tell me where you can get that on the Xbox 360 right now for that price.


So your evidence supporting your theory that Microsoft would not do this is based on analysis of the current generation's model which is completely unrelated to the model that actually allows it to happen? Brilliant deduction.

The entire point is that the digital distribution model is something that CAN allow it. Will it happen? We won't know until after launch. Without this model, though, you will never have this good of sales. The entire reason steam can do this is because it is purely digital with no resell rights.


RE: Sure, but...
By kattanna on 6/12/2013 11:59:33 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
This looks like the most important moment in entertainment history ever.


dont be stupid.. we all know that that day is when they finally create the holodeck and I can have one at home

;>)


RE: Sure, but...
By Motoman on 6/12/2013 12:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well yes, there's that. I have always maintained that mankind will die out within a generation or two of the holodeck being invented. And/or the Lucy Liubot.


RE: Sure, but...
By crispbp04 on 6/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: Sure, but...
By althaz on 6/12/2013 7:46:08 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's pretty safe for me to say I'm a lot smarter than you and I'm definitely getting an XBox One.

Just because it's not for you, doesn't make it a bad purchase. I am MORE than happy to trade used-games (which I've neither bought nor sold in the past) for the ability to share all of my games with ten family members :). Also I mostly use my XBox 360 for media stuff, which I don't think will change much, plus I really like Kinect.

I'll probably get a PS4 as well - although it has less games now, it should end up with more exclusives because Sony makes a lot of games, plus the better graphics. Sadly the PS4 controller looks to only be a slight improvement on the horrifyingly bad PS3 controller. Hopefully I'll be able to find a decent 3rd party controller to make it usable (if I can I'll likely end up with both consoles).


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