Yet another piece of evidence that confirms what we already knew all along: Playing video games is good for you. A new study entitled “Playing Action Video Games Boosts Visual Motor Skill Underlying Driving” in Psychological Science is all about the benefits video games can have on your driving skills. Here’s Li Li of New York University Shanghai, who serves as the study’s lead author:
“Our research shows that playing easily accessible action video games for as little as 5 hours can be a cost-effective tool to help people improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving.”
The action video game used in “Playing Action Video Games Boosts Visual Motor Skill Underlying Driving” is none other than Mario Kart, which demonstrated an improvement in motor skills for drivers in the study. Those who played Roller Coaster Tycoon for the same amount showed no improvement.
You can read up on the entire study at the Psychological Science site right here, with plenty more information on its methodology and results. And if you’re worried about your driving skills, keep playing Mario Kart.