Surgeons operating laparoscopic surgery have better results if they played video games, study shows.
Laparoscopy results are better for surgeons having played video games, as their correlation between the image on the display and hand movement is better.
The study involved tests on both "gaming" surgeons and surgeons not having played video games. Results prove that the skills developed while playing are at least as important as the surgeon's training/experience.
The surgeons tested were from the NY Beth Israel Medical Center; gamer-surgeons had an 37 percent lower error ratio, and operated 27 percent quicker, thanks to improved motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception and computer competency.
Iowa State University psychology professor Douglas Gentile: "It was surprising that past commercial video game play was such a strong predictor of advanced surgical skills."
Senior author Dr. James Rosser of Beth Israel: "Video games may be a practical teaching tool to help train surgeons."
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