Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gamers make better surgeons.

....Dave Munger,at Cognitive Edge, found the following:

A new study has confirmed that surgeons who spend more time playing video games are faster and make fewer errors than those who spend less time with video games:

"Surgeons who had played video games in the past for more than three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors [in the Top Gun course], were 27 percent faster and scored 42 percent better overall than surgeons who never played video games. Current video game players made 32 percent fewer errors, were 24 percent faster and scored 26 percent better overall than their non-player colleagues," the authors write. Those in the top one-third of video gaming skill made 47 percent fewer errors, performed 39 percent faster and scored 41 percent better on the overall Top Gun score than those in the bottom one-third.
It's not clear from this summary of the data whether the difference between current and past gaming behavior is significant, but it's interesting to note that while past gamers were 42 percent better overall, current gamers were just 26 percent better. If this difference is statistically significant, it means the best surgeons were those who played in the past, but don't play now.

I would be very curious to see whether that Nintendo Wii game, Trauma Center:Second Opinion has an even more direct impact on surgeons.


Doug said...

Hi, you forgot the "http://" part in your link to the trauma center game. Nice post!

Wendy said...

Doug - thanks for the pickup....