Parasite Found in Cats May Affect Human Gaming Ability

There is a type of bacteria called Toxoplasma gondii that is specifically hosted by cats, but the parasite can infect nearly any warm-blooded animal. Studies show that possibly more than 30% of the world human population is infected with T. gondii, though infection rate varies greatly by country. When a human contracts T. gondii there are almost no noticeable symptoms present, though researchers have found a correlation between those infected with the bacteria and those with significantly lower reaction times.

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bOObies1159d ago

Interesting..But if you think you have it, how do you get rid of it?

brimby1159d ago (Edited 1159d ago )

OP: I'm not completely clear on this. It mentions people with "chronic infection", so I took this to mean that at least part of people keep it forever.

DarkBlood1159d ago

Thats it no animals for me in the forseeable future lol

amiga-man1159d ago

Well next time I get shot in multiplayer, my cat had better watch out

Angeljuice1159d ago (Edited 1159d ago )

If you eat meat there's a good chance you do have a strain of it already. It is present in 40% of supermarket meat and if that meat is undercooked (or rare) then the chances are you have it.

It isn't really harmful it just lays eggs on the membrane of the brain which slows your reaction times by between 1-3%.

Autopsies on car crash victims show that somebody with toxaplasm is twice as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident.

I researched the subject a few years ago for a film that was being made.

iceman061158d ago

It's a parasite, so it has the ability to "hide" in places. However, there are drug regimens that will take care of the infection. (anti-parasytics specific to Toxoplasma strains) The REAL problem is that it is mostly asymptomatic initially (or masked by common flu/cold symptoms).

Exari1159d ago

WHAT?! cat infection affects reaction speed?! and i have not one, but TWO cats..

that actually made me worry a bit. But when i think about it, I have gotten many platinums including a game that highly depends on reaction speed which is Bloodborne.. so idk

ChronoJoe1159d ago (Edited 1159d ago )

I wouldn't say Bloodborne depends on reaction time at all. It's much more a matter of learning attack patterns.

Not saying you have it though, lol.

For what it's worth, I probably have it as I have lived with cats my entire life up until the age of 20, and also eat both white and red meat.

With that said, my KDR on MW2 was 3.6, Starhawk, 6.5, Destiny, 2.0, Uncharted 3, 2.5, Killzone, 2.0, and I have set world record lap times Motorstorm, Twisted Metal and Dirt 2. I can get a top 100 time on pretty much any racing game, without a sweat. Meanwhile in my academic career, I have published award winning research as an undergraduate, and achieved the UK equivalent of a 4.0 GPA.

I'm also dyslexic... which does not help either, but the bottom line is that these are just little things and none of the little things beat you unless you let them. A 1-3% reaction time reduction is not going to matter one bit on a game like Bloodborne if your execution is solid and your reactions are reasonable.

To put it further in perspective, a single frame on a video game running at 60 frames per second is 16ms, games like Destiny and Bloodborne run at 30, so 32ms. If T Ghondii reduces your reaction times by 1-3% then that reduces the average reaction time to visual stimulus from 250, to 242.5-247.5. That's by 2.5 to 7.5 miliseconds... that's not even a single frame in most video games. Even if it was by a larger amount, say 6% that just about amounts to one frame.

It's generally not going to make the biggest difference.

iceman061158d ago

Well....just don't eat kitty litter or get scratched!!! Then again...enjoy your brain bugs! LOL

S2Killinit1159d ago

Damn it cat! Look what you did? You made me loose.

Roccetarius1159d ago

Hmm, i had cats quite some time ago, but i had to get rid of them due to not being allowed to have them where i live.

bunt-custardly1159d ago this Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain?

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