Action video games improve direction discrimination of parafoveal translational global motion but not reaction times

Pavan, Andrea and Boyce, Matthew and Ghin, Filippo (2016) Action video games improve direction discrimination of parafoveal translational global motion but not reaction times. Perception, 45 (10). pp. 1193-1202. ISSN 0301-0066

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Abstract

Playing action video games enhances visual motion perception. However, there is psychophysical evidence that action video games do not improve motion sensitivity for translational global moving patterns presented in fovea. This study investigates global motion perception in action video game players and compares their performance to that of non-action video game players and non-video game players. Stimuli were random dot kinematograms presented in the parafovea. Observers discriminated the motion direction of a target random dot kinematogram presented in one of the four visual quadrants. Action video game players showed lower motion coherence thresholds than the other groups. However, when the task was performed at threshold, we did not find differences between groups in terms of distributions of reaction times. These results suggest that action video games improve visual motion sensitivity in the near periphery of the visual field, rather than speed response.

Additional Information:PMID: 27495185 pii: 0301006616663215
Keywords:Global Translational Motion, Action video games, Parafoveal stimuli, NotOAChecked
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:17 Aug 2016 11:54

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