Violent Video Games May Make Kids Smarter

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In a few years, parents may actually be begging their kids to play one more round of video games before going to bed.

Every few months, a new study comes out arguing the benefits of playing video games. As we’ve reported before, if kids play the right video game, it can help them with everything from visual and spatial skills to learning how to share and be more responsible for their actions.

Now, new research is out claiming that even violent video games may have their upside.

According to a study from the University of Rochester, first-person shooter games may actually help kids to make smarter decisions. In order to find this out, researchers took dozens of subjects between the ages of 18 and 25, split them into two groups, and told them to play video games for 50 hours. (Best. Experiment. Ever.) One group played Call of Duty 2 and Unreal Tournament, two action games, while the other group played The Sims 2, a non-action game which features life-like simulations of daily household activities.

The study found that those who played the action games had improved “probabilistic inferences,” meaning they were able to make a decision based on visual and verbal information more quickly than those who played non-action games. And their decision was at least as accurate.

Ultimately, the researchers concluded that playing these shooter games could actually serve as a useful training tool for those in the military or even those looking to become surgeons.

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