Children, Surgeons & Pilots

Children, Surgeons & Pilots

Positive effects of video gaming

 All parents want their child to be intelligent, successful, and productive adults. A child gamer can enhance skills such as eye-hand coordination, decision-making, and socio-motor skills.
  • Socio-motor skills are associated with laparoscopic surgeries, pilots, and several other professions, which require improved motor skills.
  • Children can learn and retain new information at a rapid rate. Although if the game is too difficult new skills are not taught likewise if the game is not challenging enough the gamer will not learn.
  • This first post in a series of three will discuss how cognition, decision-making, and socio-motor skills can be strengthened and sustained throughout game play.

 What type of game can improve and enhance such operational skills

  • The required monitoring of the entire screen such as enemies who appear in the periphery requires a high temporal precession.
  • Enemies who appear in the periphery area of the screen are landscape invoke cognitive process, decision-making, and reaction simultaneously. These cognitive processing speeds exceed the speed of day-to-day life.
  • First person shooting games can enhance such skills, allowing the player to observe the landscape and make quick decisions in regards to friend or foe.
  • Fantasy role-playing games such as Everquest 1 & 2, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends demands the players to observe the environment, enemies, and other players.
  • These games also can enhance such skills due to the multiple functional aspects of the keys and ever changing landscapes.

Laparoscopic surgeons use micro-cameras

These are directed by the surgeon inside the patient’s body. To guide the camera, the surgeon must view a monitor while maneuvering the camera until it reaches the designated area. Secondly, the surgeon uses a second tool to operate in the specific field while viewing the screen. For this to be successfully conducted the doctor relies on his or her skills of visual attention, manual dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Studies provided by Green and Bavelier (2004) found evidence that by playing video games each of these skills is enhanced. Further proof suggests that surgeons who game more than 3 hours a week have 37% fewer errors and perform their surgeries 27% faster.
In conclusion, video gaming experiences can possibly increase abilities such as
  • decision-making
  • reaction time
  • visual attention
  • eye-hand coordination
Each of these skills can be applied to everyday activities and future careers such as laparoscopic surgeons, pilots, and astronauts. The upcoming post will discuss how pilot’s skills are improved by incorporating gaming into their everyday life in addition to how children can sustain these skills by playing specific types of games.



Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2006). The cognitive neuroscience of video games. Digital media: Transformations in human communication, 211-223.


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