Male Gamers Just Think Differently

Medical News Today - which of course is on our morning website checklist - is reporting that male video gamers use a different section of their brain to solve problems requiring visuomotor skills, and thus may be training themselves to better perform laparoscopic surgery.

The study, published in the October 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex, examined the brain activity of 13 gaming veteran males against 13 non-gamer males (or "noob", to use the proper medical term), as they had to perform "a series of increasingly difficult visuomotor tasks, such as using a joystick or looking one way while reaching another way."

While the report doesn't specifically say the gamers performed the tasks better, it did find that while the non-gamers used the hand-eye coordination section of their brains, the gamers' brain activity centered around the prefrontal cortex - which may or may not be the cortex responsible for teabagging.

It's not the first time gaming skills have been found to carry over into real life, the oft-quoted study being the one that found surgeons make 37% less mistakes if they game at least 3 hours a week - but this new study hopes that because "using visuomotor skills can reorganize how the brain works offers hope for future research into the problems experienced by Alzheimer's patients, who struggle to complete the simplest visuomotor tasks."

[Elsevier's Cortex, via Medical News Today]


Comments

    What about the ladies?

      They didn't study them! Although they did say women used their brains differently to solve the same problems, and they'd like to study them further.

        Damn,

        With regard to studying lady gamers, the scientists said "they’d like to study them further".

        I was going to write a (what i thought was) funny comment about most men wanting to study women further, then I realised that last week I referred to a female on Kotaku as a He instead of a she (my assumption). SO...

        I am not going to make any comments that would be taken as innaporpriate toward women. Instead I will say how this study is interesting to me. The only problem is that I am not sure how many veteran gameers are also doctors as both take a considerable amount of time and effort. I would be more interested in how the average gamer's brain works. Does a small amount of gaming do this or does it only kick in for veterans???

        Well, that is all from me. Hope you enjoyed my comments as i procrastinate over what to do next at work!

          The gamer subjects of the test played a minimum of 4 hours a week.

          At this rate, I'll be a world reknowned doctor making massive leaps in the laparoscopic surgery field. But they did question what type of games do what. I'm betting pounding the "Frostbolt" key over and over in a raid doesn't count for much...

            He still play's frost for PvE

    So i can be a laparoscopic surgeon if I finish Trauma Center with a+ Marks for my operations? Awesome!

    "while the non-gamers used the hand-eye coordination section of their brains, the gamers’ brain activity centered around the prefrontal cortex – which may or may not be the cortex responsible for teabagging"

    This is simply win.

    --""surgeons make 37% less mistakes if they game at least 3 hours a week""--

    That should read "Surgeons who game at least 3h per week make 37% fewer mistakes". It has a completely different meaning.

    At most, you can say that surgeons that are more skilful enjoy playing video games more, but you can not say that playing video games make surgeons more skilful.

    Title is misleading.

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