Do action video games improve perception and cognition?

Walter R. Boot, Daniel P. Blakely, Daniel J. Simons

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Frequent action video game players often outperform non-gamers on measures of per-ception and cognition, and some studies find that video game practice enhances those abilities. The possibility that video game training transfers broadly to other aspects of cog-nition is exciting because training on one task rarely improves performance on others. At first glance, the cumulative evidence suggests a strong relationship between gaming expe-rience and other cognitive abilities, but methodological shortcomings call that conclusion into question. We discuss these pitfalls, identify how existing studies succeed or fail in overcoming them, and provide guidelines for more definitive tests of the effects of gaming on cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 226
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberSEP
StatePublished - 2011


  • Cognitive training
  • Perceptual learning
  • Perceptual learningvideo games
  • Transfer of training
  • Video games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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