Video Game more than a pass-time

Monday, November 19, 2012

Video Game more than a pass-time

A recent research taken out by a group of researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has proved that video gaming is much more than just a pass-time. In their research, they have proved that video game players are better than medical residents when it comes to play the role of virtual surgeons.

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In order to prove their hypothesis, the study researchers carried out an experiment in which they enrolled video game players and University of Texas Medical Branch residents. Both were asked to carry out tasks, which involved machines that are used in surgeries. Some of the tasks including suturing and needle task, said study researchers.

There were measures at which study researchers marked both the groups. Some of the points being assessed by study researchers were pressure points and co-ordination of hands and eyes. After assessing these and other factors, it was revealed that students, who are used to playing game, were better in the task.

"The inspiration for this study first developed when I saw my son, an avid video game player, take the reins of a robotic surgery simulator at a medical convention", said lead researcher of the study, Dr. Sami Kilic from the University of Texas Medical Branch.