Playing Video Games could help Men and Boys to develop Visuomotor Skills

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(Best Syndication News) Men and boys will be happy with the results of a study from researchers at the Centre for Vision Research at York University in Canada found that young men that played video games for at least 4 hours per week had better eye hand coordination than those that did not play video games on a regular basis. The researchers presented the study results in the October 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cortex).

The researchers said that the way that the brain processed the eye-hand coordination or visuomotor skills were using the prefrontal cortex at the front of the brain compared to parietal cortex which is the part of the brain that is used by the hand-eye coordination. The boys that didn't play video games had their brain activity in the parietal cortex while the video gamers had the prefrontal cortex activated.

The researchers looked at 13 young men in their 20's that played video games at least four hours per week and compared the brain activity of 13 others young adults to that didn't play video games. They had each one undergo a high resolution brain imaging MRI and asked them to complete various visuomotor tasks. The researchers were able to watch the brain activity to notice that there was a difference.

The researchers suggest that this study could be beneficial to further research Alzheimer's patients because they often lose visuomotor skills. Women video gamers don't have the same brain activity as guys do, according to previous studies.

The researchers want to refine their studies to see if duration of video game play and the kinds of games played have any effect on brain activity.

By: N Wilson

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