Friday, October 13, 2006

Training Visual Attention with Video Games

Before you head off to play video games this weekend, think about whether the games you play are improving your central or side attention. In the figure below (increased contrast from the online pdf), look at the difference in eye movement tracking depending on whether a game was Halo II (first-person shooter, blue) or Legacy of Kain (adventure game, red).

Video games will affect visual attention - but whether it's strengthening central or peripheral (side) attention depends on the game.

Prelim Report: Visual Attention in 3D Games
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Are Computers Driving Us to Distraction?
Small Library of Papers: Effect of Video Games on Visual Attention - U Rochester Brain & Vision Lab

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