Scientific article

The effect of action video game experience on task-switching

Published inComputers in human behavior, vol. 28, no. 3, p. 984-994
Publication date2012

There is now a substantial body of work demonstrating that action video game experience results in enhancements in a wide variety of perceptual skills. More recently, several groups have also demon-strated improvements in abilities that are more cognitive in nature, in particular, the ability to difficiently switch between tasks. We add to this body of work by demonstrating that the action video game player switch cost advantage generalizes to (1) vocal responses in addition to traditional manual responses, (2) tasks that are more cognitive rather than perceptual in nature, and (3) goal switches as well as motor switches. Finally, a training study stablishes that the relationship between the reduction in switch cost and action game playing is causal.

  • Action video games
  • Task-switching
  • Autre - National Institute of Health Grant EY016880
  • Autre - Office of Naval Research Grant N00014-07-1-0937.3 (DB)
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GREEN, Shawn C. et al. The effect of action video game experience on task-switching. In: Computers in human behavior, 2012, vol. 28, n° 3, p. 984–994. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.12.020
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