I used to joke that gaming was good for you because it helps you improve your reflexes. Sure enough, a BBC news article reports that there may be some truth to this. According to Nature News Service, researchers Shawn Green and Daphne Bavelier have found that "game-players react to fast-moving objects more efficiently ... and can track up to five objects at a time - 30% more than non-players."
The benefits are found by playing action-packed games like Grand Theft Auto, as opposed to puzzle games like Tetris. Good thing I just bought a copy of GTA III from eBay for hubby!
I love the fact that they point out that the initial study was done exclusively on men because the "...duo failed to find keen female gamers on campus". Where were these cool studies when I was is college? I sure would have volunteered!