A new study by Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, and the University of Limerick (UL) shows that gamers’ skills improved significantly with just ten minutes of daily gaming. The study also showed that newer gamers benefitted from headset use before each training session.
The findings of the study were published in the journal “Computers in Human Behavior.” Participants wore a custom headset designed to deliver transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). However, some received no stimulation while others were given a ‘sham’ treatment. The remaining participants received a 20-minute exposure.
“One of the original and most prominent esports over the past 20 years has been the first-person shooter (FPS) game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). We asked participants to shoot and eliminate enemy targets as quickly and accurately as possible during their training sessions in the study,” said researcher Dr. Adam Toth. “The fact that tDCS exerted an influence on training performance specifically for targets requiring a larger controlled movement (left and right targets) corroborates the assertion that tDCS may be better able to accelerate performance improvements for complex motor movements rather than simple reactions.”
tDCS stands for transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. One doctor said that in light of the team’s findings, tDCS may be especially beneficial during the initial stages of task learning. This could, for example, help with the rehabilitation process of stroke or seizure victims.
(All information was provided by InsidEsport)