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US Navy says games make you sharper

by on28 January 2010


Perceptual and cognitive ability boost

US Navy has published a report titled “Adults Benefit from Playing Video Games” in which they argue that gaming does a world of good toward training human beings to kill other humans.

A scientist at the Office of Naval Research, Dr. Ray Perez, said that gamers “perform 10 to 20 percent better in terms of perceptual and cognitive ability than normal people that are non-game-players”. He also added how games can increase perceptual abilities and short-term memory. "We think that these games increase your executive control, or your ability to focus and attend to stimuli in the outside world," he added, and his team is currently working to identify the brain areas responsible for these. Furthermore, he suggests that videogames might even become learning tools for the Navy.

 “It’s really about human inventiveness and creativeness and being able to match wits with the enemy”, Perez added. We must admit that up until this point, we foolishly thought that inventiveness and creativeness should be expressed through non-lethal channels and matching wits is best done on chess. Apparently, that’s not the case.

To top it all off, Perez says that he thinks how this marks the beginning of new science of learning that he says “will be the integration of neuroscience with developmental psychology, with cognitive science, and with artificial intelligence." All this smart talk just to kill other humans? Sheesh, whatever happened to evolution and/of humanity. (Creationism, that's what happened. sub.ed.)

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Last modified on 28 January 2010
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