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Action Gaming and ADD?

Medical journal Psychophysiology announces the results of a study in the latest issue of their magazine suggesting action gaming has different effects on two types of cognitive activity: proactive and reactive attention. There is an abstract of the study here, and here is a chunk of the announcement outlining how their data "converges with other recent findings indicating that there is a relation between frequent video game playing and Attention Deficit Disorder." Word is:

Proactive attention can be thought of as a sort of “gearing up” mechanism. For instance, when players that are familiar with a particular game anticipate an action they need to take, such as getting a key or a pot of gold, in order to get to the next level. Reactive control is described as happening “just in time”, for example, when a monster suddenly appears that is about to thwart the player’s advantage or ability to get to the next level.
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The researchers found that the just-in-time form of control was similar in the two groups of gamers. In contrast, brain wave and behavioral measures of proactive attention (the “gearing up” mechanism”) were significantly diminished in the frequent video game players. These data reveal a reduction in brain activity and disruption of behavior associated with sustained attention ability related to video game experience, which converges with other recent findings indicating that there is a relation between frequent video game playing and ADD. This negative relationship between action games and proactive attention can be contrasted with the beneficial effects of these games on other aspects of visual processing. The research team is also exploring whether non-gamers who play action games produce the same results as those found in frequent players.

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16. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 17, 2009, 14:10 Sepharo
 
My hands are shakin, my hands are shakin, but I'm still gettin head shots!

Sustained adrenaline is the way to the top of the scoreboard.
 
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15. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 14, 2009, 18:00 Kxmode
 
FPS Doug is probably the best example of Action Gaming and ADD.  
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14. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 21:35 Prez
 
I guess now the 'Collector's Edition' of games can ship with Ritalin.  
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13. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 20:22 space captain
 
power of concentration is like a muscle, you have to exercise it to increase ability - and if you neglect it, it atrophies

if you practice it in a focused way many times a day, for many years - at a certain critical threshold, it becomes the gateway to some pretty amazing faculties of the mind - however 95% of people have no clue what these really are because they dont put in the massive amounts of effort to get there

plenty of people know plenty of stupid stories.. but very few have first hand experience of where those stories come from

and this article simply joins the consensus of other idiots - as if people "without" "ADD" can concentrate on (and therefore retain) silence in their minds for more than a minute at a time.
 
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12. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 19:40 Nate
 
There are games that can improve your concentration abilities. Strategy and puzzle come to mind. Probably some other types too.  
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11. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 19:30 migwell
 
And people who read a lot of books develop big butts and slow reaction times...  
I know the amplitude of time.
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10. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 18:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I believe it. While I don't exactly have ADD, I do find it EXTREMELY hard to focus on things for a sustained time, and I've been playing games most of my life.

I guess it could also just be that I'm getting older, but I tend to not have any problem focusing when I play games.

Sounds exactly like me. I never really noticed it until I was into my 30s. But I've gotten really bad at focusing on any one thing at a time. When I play games (and I tend toward RPGs, and HL-type shooters mostly), I don't seem to have much trouble concentrating on them.
 
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9. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 18:34 Creston
 
I believe it. While I don't exactly have ADD, I do find it EXTREMELY hard to focus on things for a sustained time, and I've been playing games most of my life.

I guess it could also just be that I'm getting older, but I tend to not have any problem focusing when I play games.

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8. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 18:20 Fantaz
 
So kids who are ADD/ADHD play FPS games like Halo and Call of Duty while those who are not would rather play Half-Life 2, Bioshock or Deus Ex? Now some company would probably like to find a target audience for their new IP which would lie somewhere in the middle of those two crowds. One ring to rule them all!  
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7. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 18:13 LittleMe
 
What's the gist of the article it's too long to read.

I tried reading it but was so boring after a couple sentences.
 
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6. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 18:06  Blue 
 
What's the gist of the article it's too long to read.

LOL
 
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5. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 18:04 Sepharo
 
What if you're favorite genres are old school Adventure games and First Person Shooters.


Super brain?
 
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4. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 17:58 Hump
 
so how 'bout those Mets?  
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3. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 17:39 Masa
 
What's the gist of the article it's too long to read.

Basically paying attention requires a certain amount of effort and action games minimize that with reflexive gameplay.
 
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2. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 17:33 Cutter
 
What's the gist of the article it's too long to read.
 
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1. Re: Action Gaming and ADD? Oct 13, 2009, 17:14 nwf
 
tldr  
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