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      Effect of action video games on the spatial distribution of visuospatial attention.

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      Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

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          The authors investigated the effect of action gaming on the spatial distribution of attention. The authors used the flanker compatibility effect to separately assess center and peripheral attentional resources in gamers versus nongamers. Gamers exhibited an enhancement in attentional resources compared with nongamers, not only in the periphery but also in central vision. The authors then used a target localization task to unambiguously establish that gaming enhances the spatial distribution of visual attention over a wide field of view. Gamers were more accurate than nongamers at all eccentricities tested, and the advantage held even when a concurrent center task was added, ruling out a trade-off between central and peripheral attention. By establishing the causal role of gaming through training studies, the authors demonstrate that action gaming enhances visuospatial attention throughout the visual field. (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved.

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          Journal
          Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
          Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
          American Psychological Association (APA)
          1939-1277
          0096-1523
          2006
          2006
          : 32
          : 6
          : 1465-1478
          10.1037/0096-1523.32.6.1465
          2896828
          17154785
          © 2006

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