BOB HIRSHON (host):
Better vision through video games…I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.
Not many people would say that playing a shoot-em-up video game is good for your eyes. But a new study suggests otherwise. Daphne Bavelier is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Rochester. She and her colleagues trained healthy volunteers to play action video games for about two months and compared them to volunteers who played a more sedate computer game for the same amount of time.
DAPHNE BAVELIER (University of Rochester):
The action-trained group improved in contrast sensitivity by about 43 percent and the control-trained group didn’t change.
Bavelier says games that require you to aim and keep track of a changing environment give your visual system a workout. She says playing video games might be a way to treat poor contrast sensitivity in people with amblyopia, also known as lazy eye. I’m Bob Hirshon for AAAS, the science society.