There are a million articles about the pros and cons of online training and gamification to teach new skills, but little thought has been given to the existing skills of gamers. Gamers are people that spend hours a week playing video games for enjoyment. Non-gamers sometimes view gaming as a waste of time. However new research shows that not only do gamers learn faster, they have developed skills that are beneficial for business.

The Research

Neuropsychologist of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum studied gamers and non-gamers in a learning competition. They studied 17 volunteers who played action-based games for more than 15 hours per week and 17 volunteers who did not play videos games on a regular basis.

Gamer Skills

The results of the research showed that gamers:

  • Learn faster
  • Deal very well with high uncertainty
  • Analyze situations faster
  • Are better at generating new knowledge
  • Quickly categorize facts

The gamers’ abilities come from increased activity in the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with learning and memory. The report states that this information is important because it could be used to develop a way to help avoid or reduce memory loss in older people. From a business perspective, this information is useful in understanding the benefits of action-based video games and how the skills acquired from gaming apply in the workforce.

Resources

You can read the original press release at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum website or purchase a copy of the original research report from the ScienceDirect website.

Radcom can help you develop training programs that build upon the skills of gamers in your workforce.