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Are Video Games Good for You?


Action-packed video games can help correct your failing eyesight, states a new study out of the University of Rochester. In the study, players were able to double their ability to perceive “fine contrast differences." Put in real world terms, this means being able to see a car within a cloak of fog before ramming it head-on. Or, for instance, spotting a receiver downfield in football.

According to the researchers, the ability to decipher slight differences in shades of gray, or contrast sensitivity, is the primary limiting factor in how well one sees. However, action video games actually train the brain to process this visual information more efficiently, and the improvements last for the long-term.

Need a better reason to hit up your local Best Buy? Didn’t think so. Game on. Just remember that spending too much time in front of the tube has been correlated with weight gain, so limit your time gaming to a few hours a week.

FYI: The study’s participants partook in bouts of “Unreal Tournament 2004” and “Call of Duty 2.” Each volunteer played 50 hours during the 9-week experiment. The study appeared in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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