Research suggests surgeons perform better when they use Nintendo Wii

wiimote Research suggests surgeons perform better when they use Nintendo Wii

A study of postgraduate surgeons at the University of Rome revealed that those who played the Nintendo Wii for an hour a day performed better than other non-gaming surgeons.

A study of postgraduate surgeons at the University of Rome revealed that those who played the Nintendo Wii for an hour a day performed better than other non-gaming surgeons.

 
A group of surgeons were put on a month-long Wii gaming regimen, playing Wii Tennis, Wii Table Tennis, and High Altitude Battle. These surgeons performed significantly higher in simulated tasks needed for complex and delicate procedures like keyhole surgery.
 
The research found that the Wii was perfect for honing the skills of laparoscopists, or keyhole surgeons, since there is a limited motion range of the surgical instruments and a loss of depth perception, requiring specific skills that the games could enhance.
 
wiimote Research suggests surgeons perform better when they use Nintendo Wii
 
The paper suggests that the Wii could be a “helpful, inexpensive and entertaining part of the training” of young surgeons when used with traditional surgical education. However, it acknowledges that universities may be reluctant to embrace gaming as part of the curriculum.
 
Previous research has also linked gaming with increased performance in a field. For example, a 2007 study by the Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York found that gaming doctors made 37 percent fewer mistakes and were 27 percent quicker in tests, according to The Telegraph.
 
There is a widespread perception that gaming is a waste of time, lowering productivity, and contributing to addiction in teenagers and young adults, but a growing body of research shows that a healthy approach to gaming could actually enhance skills and make a person more productive in all aspects of their life.
 
Source: The Telegraph