FPS titles linked with better short-term memory

Monday, 29th April 2013 10:25 GMT By Nick Akerman

Dr. Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University in The Netherlands has produced research that suggests first-person shooter players are likely to have better memories than their non-gun-wielding counterparts.

A group of gamers and non-gamers completed a number of tasks that have been published in the latest issue of Psychological Research. According to the data, FPS’ “require players to develop a flexible mindset to rapidly react and monitor fast moving visual and auditory stimuli.”

For the less academically inclined (and those who don’t wish to spend £30/$40 on the research), here’s a handy video summarising the results:

Did you continue to forget your name until Call of Duty arrived? Can’t find your keys until you fire up a few rounds of Halo? Either way, it’s refreshing to see scholars taking this kind of research seriously.

Thanks, Destructoid.



  1. Espers

    this is bullshit !! FPS are doing the same things over and over and over again !! you should conduct your research on strategy gamers and see the amazing results

    #1 2 years ago
  2. stretch215

    @1 lol. Umadbro?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    Well, this is something of a ‘duh’ statement. Anyone even remotely familiar with how the brain works understands that engaging repetitive tasks improve short term memory. This counts for RPGs, MMOs, racing games, puzzle games and lots of other genres.

    This isn’t exactly a huge revelation. There have been tests done involving the affect of repetitive but fun tasks on short term memory before. This is hardly new.

    #3 2 years ago


    Not sure about that.

    Sure, I can play a new map for the first time, and know it like the back of my hand after a few minutes.

    But I’m not very good with names.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    It is a bit like being a rat in a maze at times.

    A game like Red Orchestra 2 definitely feels like a science experiment. If you aren’t 100% familiar with the spots people usually camp and the lines of fire they have, you just keep getting punished.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. roadkill


    #6 2 years ago

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