Video games are generally viewed as entertainment devices that serve no function other than amusement purposes. Most people play these games when they have free time or to entertain guests. Although many games are harmless, many are criticized for violent, graphic, or even sexual elements that may not be appropriate to many audiences. In fact some studies have shown that these games can increase violence, aggression and hostility. However, studies also indicate that such games can have a positive effect on people. A recent set of studies displayed at the American Psychological Association in Boston demonstrates this effect on surgeons.
Medical professionals, don’t discredit video games just yet. In fact, getting your hands on a Nintendo Wii or Microsoft Xbox could increase your skills and credibility. A study published in February 2009 demonstrates that there is a strong correlation between video game skills and laparoscopy surgery. In fact, the correlation between a surgeon’s skills and game performance was higher than length of training or previous experience.
A study at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York found that out of the 33 surgeons who participated, 9 play video games at least three hours a week. These 9 doctors made 37% fewer errors, performed 27% faster, and scored 42% better in the surgical skills test than the 15 doctors who had never played such games before. Dr. James Rosser of Beth Israel stated, “Video games may be a practical teaching tool to help train surgeons.” The study also indicated that video games can improve “fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception and computer competency.”
Another study analyzing 303 laparoscopic surgeons found that those who played video games performed significantly better than those who didn’t in the operating room. Researchers found that games requiring spatial skills and hand dexterity improved results greatly. If you go to a surgeon for consultation or an operation and you see them with a controller in their hands, consider it a good thing. Who knows, perhaps video game competency should a part of medical schools one day, as well certification.
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