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Video Games

  • By: Daphne Bavelier & C. Shawn Green
  • In: Encyclopedia of Perception
  • Edited by: E. Bruce Goldstein
  • Subject:Sensation & Perception

Over the past 20 years, the percentage of Americans who play video games has grown at an astronomical pace; 59% of all Americans and 72% of Americans ages 6 to 44 currently play video games. A growing body of research indicates that individuals who play a particular subset of video games, dubbed action video games, demonstrate marked enhancements in a number of sensory/cognitive skills. This entry describes action video games, the effect of action video games on perceptual skills, demonstrating causation between video game experience and sensory/cognitive skills, and real-life applications of video game experience.

Action Video Games

For purposes of this entry, action video games are defined as those games that have many quickly moving objects, that require effective peripheral processing as items in the periphery ...

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