Increasing speed of processing with action video games

Matthew W.G. Dye, C. Shawn Green, Daphne Bavelier

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In many everyday situations, speed is of the essence. However, fast decisions typically mean more mistakes. To this day, it remains unknown whether reaction times can be reduced with appropriate training, within one individual, across a range of tasks, and without compromising accuracy. Here we review evidence that the very act of playing action video games significantly reduces reaction times without sacrificing accuracy. Critically, this increase in speed is observed across various tasks beyond game situations. Video gaming may therefore provide an efficient training regimen to induce a general speeding of perceptual reaction times without decreases in accuracy of performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-326
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Impulsivity
  • Learning transfer
  • Processing speed
  • Video games
  • Visual attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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