Does Gaming Help With Hand Eye Coordination?

Gone are the days when video games and gaming were considered the favourite pastime of social recluses. Today, and especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gaming has reached greater levels of popularity among all age groups and social strata. Studies have proven that gamers who play video games, especially action-oriented ones such as Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty, are better at sensorimotor tasks with improved hand-eye coordination.

 

Gumtree outlines two studies that prove these benefits of gaming:

Study 1:

  1. This study was conducted by the graduate students at the University of Toronto in 2014.
  2. The study involved testing between 18 gamers (those who played for 2 hours, 3 times a week) and non-gamers.
  3. Both groups of people were asked to play a computer game that required them using a mouse to follow or track a square on the screen as it went around in random patterns.
  4. Over the course of the testing period, it was found that those who were gaming frequently were better at the task as their motor and sensory skills improved significantly.

 

Study 2:

  1. In 2007, Dr. James Rosser Jr. conducted a study on young surgeons who played action video games regularly.
  2. It was found that these medical students and surgical residents displayed greater performance on simulators that replicated surgeries such as laparoscopies.
  3. It was proved that these surgeons who played for more than 3 hours a week made 37% less errors and were 27% faster than their counterparts.
  4. It was also found that surgeons who played video games right before surgery made fewer errors, while completing the procedure faster too.

 

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