A new study into the effects of computer games has revealed that fast-paced action games turn us into faster and better decision-makers.
Scientists at the University of Rochester in New York conducted a series of tests to gauge whether regular bouts of high-speed gaming could help to improve our cognitive abilities.
The researchers tested 18 to 25-year-olds who weren’t usually gamers, and split them into two groups. The first group were told to play adrenalin-packed action games such as Call of Duty 2 and Unreal Tournament, in which participants dash around online arenas shooting each other.
The second group were given The Sims 2, a more sedate, strategy-based game that mimics the pace of everyday life.
After 50 hours of playing, both groups were given a series of tests.
Those who had trained on the action games made decisions 25% faster and answered correctly as their strategy game peers.