Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Video-Gaming Docs May Make Better Surgeons

Blasting aliens in video games may help improve a surgeon's skills, suggest researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

The study of 12 surgeons and 21 surgical residents found that those who were skilled in video games did better in simulated laparoscopic surgery drills.

Of the surgeons who took part in the study, 15 said they'd never played video games, nine reported playing zero to three hours per week, and nine reported playing more than three hours per week at the peak of their game playing.

During the study, the researchers also watched the surgeons play video games in order to assess their gaming skills.

"Surgeons who had played video games in the past for more than three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, were 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better overall than surgeons who never played video games," the study authors wrote.

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