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How Video Games Could Improve Our Vision

The developmental psychologist Daphne Maurer made headlines this year with research suggesting that people born with cataracts could improve their eyesight by playing Medal of Honor, the “first-person shooter” video game. But her fame goes far beyond the video screen.

Dr. Maurer, 56, director of the Visual Development Lab at McMaster University in Ontario, is an author, with her husband, Charles, of the pioneering 1988 book “The World of the Newborn,” an inventory of what babies sense and experience. In recent years she has been directing a study tracking infants born with visual impairments into later life. This longitudinal study is her attempt to learn how early sensory deprivation affects vision over a lifetime.

yabhero1343d ago

I did a science project on stereoscopy (3D)
And I learned that auto stereoscopic devices (such as the 3DS) can help correct some people vision because it forces their eyes to work a certain way.

GrandTheftZamboni1343d ago (Edited 1343d ago )

Have no idea what most of those words mean, but I did notice activity in my eye balls when watching 3D, unlike looking at a 2D screen. Apparently 3D signal tricks the brain into making eye lens focus in and out. It feels like a positive change to my all-day looking at a flat object (computer monitor) at work.

GribbleGrunger1343d ago

It appears to me that gamers are becoming ever more shortsighted, so I'm not entirely convinced by this article

FreshRevenge1343d ago

well I got 30 years of playing games, they are just realizing the beneficial benefits of gaming now? Good for them. I feel that being a gamer was sort of exclusive thing and only a few select were privy to it. Yet I think the gaming industry wants to make the whole world gamers!

NexGen1343d ago

Articles of the positive benefits (for the eyes) of Pong were written in the 70's.