Monday, 19 Feb, 2007 Politics

Surgeons Who Play Video Games are More Skilled


Recent studies showed that the surgeons who play video games are more skilled. It seems that video games contribute to a more precise technique of using different medical instruments. The February issue of Archives of Surgery states that there is a direct link between having video game skills and the abilities of a surgeon to perform a laparoscopic surgery.

The term laparoscopy refers to surgeries that are made by watching a special monitor. Surgeons manipulate with instruments through a small body opening. Every movement is thus viewed on the TV screen.

The study regarding the abilities of surgeons who played or play video games was made in Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. 33 surgeons participated in the test, which later showed interesting results: those who played video games with a frequency of not less than three hours per week made 37% less errors, the job they made was 27% faster. All in all these surgeons scored 47 percent better on the test. The results of 15 surgeons who never played video games were much lower.

One of the authors who developed the study is Douglas Gentile. He works as a psychology professor at the Iowa State University. Mr. Gentile says that it was a surprise for him to find out that there was such a strong influence of video games on surgical skills.

Apart from surgery, the study showed that video games contribute to improving motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention as well as depth perception and computer competency.

Dr. James Rosser, who works at Beth Israel Medical Center and who is also the senior author of the study, mentioned that it might be possible to use video games as a tool that can help surgeons in their meticulous work.

Although video games can be quite useful in many situation the study says that parents should not allow their children to play video games for hours. The survey made by Gentile showed that 94 % of United Stated adolescents play video games for an average of 9 hours a day. This activity is directly connected with aggressiveness and poor grades at school.

Gentile said that the study concerns only those persons who play or played video games for less than one hour a day, so parents should not think that it is always a benefit for children to play such games. After all a good video player does not always become a doctor.

Add your comment:

antispam code