The authors referred to a number of training studies that found non-gamers could improve their visual attention by playing video games, according to the Daily Mail.However, only fast-paced, action-based games provided this benefit. These games emphasised rapid responses to visual information and required divided attention.
Study co-author Bjorn Hubert-Wallander said: "Just as drivers have to focus on the road, other cars and potential obstacles while ignoring other information, modern action games place heavy attentional demands on players.
"These games require players to aim and shoot accurately in the centre of the screen while continuously tracking other enemies and fast-moving objects."The findings could have implications for military training as well as clinical rehabilitation programmes for conditions such as amblyopia or 'lazy eye'.