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Specific effects of action video games on perception and attention

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dc.contributor.advisor Palmer, Evan M.
dc.contributor.author Brown, Christopher Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-13T22:00:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-13T22:00:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012-05
dc.identifier.other d12001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/5352
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract Many research studies have established that playing action video games can lead to visual attention and perception benefits for the player. This dissertation pioneers the use of custom designed video game levels to determine if a single aspect of action video game play has specific effects on the player. In the following studies, specific aspects of action video games can indeed be isolated and thus potentially used as training tools for targeted perceptual benefits. Experiment 1 demonstrates that just two hours of training in a custom designed video game world that emphasizes friend vs. foe discrimination benefits players’ ability to focus on relevant visual information, and leads to marginally decreased flanker interference and marginally improved filtering capacity. Experiment 2 examines the beneficial effects of dispersed vs. narrowly focused attention in a second custom designed video game world. After two hours of game play, players in the dispersed attention condition significantly increased their visual working memory capacity and ability to allocate attention to peripheral items. en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 121 p. en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Wichita State University en_US
dc.rights Copyright Christopher Michael Brown, 2012. All rights reserved en
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic dissertations en
dc.title Specific effects of action video games on perception and attention en_US
dc.type Dissertation

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