Video games can aid students, surgeons

August 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Parents, don't put away those video games just yet - today's gamer may be tomorrow's top surgeon.

Researchers gathering in Boston for the American Psychological Association convention released a series of studies documenting the positive aspects of video games.

One study of fifth, sixth and seventh grade students found playing video games helped improve their ability to solve problems by boosting cognitive and perceptual skills.

Another study found surgeons who played video games were 27 percent faster at advanced surgical procedures and made 37 percent fewer errors than those who didn't.

The news wasn't all good.

Other studies found students who played violent games tended to be more hostile than those who played nonviolent games.


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