Call it another blow to those who dismiss video games as a frivolous, mind-numbing activity. Researchers at the University of Texas have found that high school and college students who played at least two hours of video games a day, out-performed medical residents in virtual surgery.
The researchers created a device that simulated various surgical procedures, assessing hand-eye coordination, the amount of tension placed on instruments and overall success. In this test, the high school and college game players ranked first and second in performance, with the medical residents placing third, PopSci noted.
However, in a second round of testing, which reduced the video-game element of the simulation, the medical residents easily beat the gamers.
The researchers suggest that with video game console’s like Microsoft‘s (NASDAQ:MSFT) XBox, Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Playstation 3 and Nintendo‘s (PINK:NTDOY) Wii proliferating, their data shows that medical schools should consider adapting their teaching techniques for a generation raised on video games.