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Researchers at  New York University Shanghai and the University of Hong Kong has tested two groups in a driving simulator that challenged them with windy conditions. To test the connection between racing games and improved driving, they tried another test, this one using non-gamers. One group completed 10 one-hour Mario Kart sessions, while the other played Rollercoaster Tycoon III for the same time. Mario Kart players already showed improved visuomotor control skills, halfway through the training.

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In another study, researchers tried the first-person shooter game Unreal Tournament. Gamers in that study improved different aspects of their visuomotor control skills, leading researchers to conclude that the two styles of gaming could be beneficial for different types of drivers.

Li Li researcher from New York University Shanghai,and lead author on the study explained in a report for the Association of Psychological Science “Our research shows that playing easily accessible action video games for as little as 5 hours can be a cost-effective tool to help people improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving.”

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