C. Shawn Green featured in The Guardian

Professor C. Shawn Green

Scientific research has consistently shown that video games do not make people more violent. Playing games can, however, improve perceptual and cognitive functions, says C. Shawn Green, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Office of Naval Research funded Green to research how certain games (mainly shooters) improve warrior performance.

“These games have lots of speed in them,” he says. “There’s lots of what we call ‘transient events’ – things pop up on the screen and disappear.” He says this can improve basic visual perception as well as heighten levels of cognition (such as working memory).

The full article, “The US military is embedded in the gaming world. Its target: teen recruits,” is available here