Strategies to Develop Dual Attention Skills Through Video Game Training.

Satyen, Lata and Ohtsuka, Keis (2001) Strategies to Develop Dual Attention Skills Through Video Game Training. In: Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, 191 to 199.


The objectives of the current study were to investigate the utility of video games to enhance dual attention skills and compare these skills based on individuals' levels of expertise in video game playing. Twenty-four female participants aged between 17-25 years categorized as experts or novices, were divided into experimental and control groups. All participants completed the pre-test of divided attention wherein they read a story at the same time as they copied down irrelevant words dictated by the experimenter. Later, only the experimental group received video game training. Subsequently, all participants completed the posttest of divided attention. Results indicate that participants who received video game practice achieved an increase in their dual-attention skills compared to those who did not receive any training, with novices displaying a greater enhancement in performance. Implications of video game training to enhance dual-task efficiency are discussed.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 0291398367
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords Video game training; divided attention; dual attention tasks
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