Playing action video games boost motor skills


People who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed are quicker learners of skills such as typing or riding a bike, a study says.

The gamers learn a sensorimotor skill that requires a pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement quicker than non-gamers do, the findings showed.

“We wanted to understand if chronic video game playing has an effect on sensorimotor control, that is, the coordinated function of vision and hand movement,” said lead researcher Davood Gozli from the University of Toronto in Canada.

“This is likely due to the gamers’ superior ability in learning a sensorimotor pattern, that is, their gaming experience enabled them to learn better than the non-gamers,” Gozli concluded.

Their study was published in the journal Human Movement Science.

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