Huffington Post November 7, 2013
Despite hand-wringing over a supposed connection between violence and video games (hint: there isn't any), numerous academic studies indicate that playing video games has many psychological and even physical benefits. In November 2012, scientists at UTMB conducted an experiment in which high-school gamers, college gamers and medical residents competed to see who could perform better virtual surgery. The players completed a series of tasks on a device that replicated real surgeries and measured skills in 32 different categories, such as hand-eye coordination, pressure on the controls and timing. The high-school sophomores, who played video games two hours a day, dramatically outperformed both the college gamers (who played four hours of video games daily) and the medical residents (who had only sporadic gaming experience). Dr. Sami Kilic, the professor who helped design the experiment, reasonably insisted that students interested in a career in medicine should still focus on academics, not virtual surgery.