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Aline F. Cretenoud, Arthur Barakat, Alain Milliet, Oh-Hyeon Choung, Marco Bertamini, Christophe Constantin, Michael H. Herzog; How do visual skills relate to action video game performance?. Journal of Vision 2021;21(7):10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.21.7.10.
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It has been claimed that video gamers possess increased perceptual and cognitive skills compared to non-video gamers. Here, we examined to which extent gaming performance in CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) correlates with visual performance. We tested 94 players ranging from beginners to experts with a battery of visual paradigms, such as visual acuity and contrast detection. In addition, we assessed performance in specific gaming skills, such as shooting and tracking, and administered personality traits. All measures together explained about 70% of the variance of the players’ rank. In particular, regression models showed that a few visual abilities, such as visual acuity in the periphery and the susceptibility to the Honeycomb illusion, were strongly associated with the players’ rank. Although the causality of the effect remains unknown, our results show that high-rank players perform better in certain visual skills compared to low-rank players.
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