FPS titles linked with better short-term memory

By Nick Akerman
29 April 2013 10:25 GMT

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.

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