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Video Game “Halo” leads to cognitive performance breakthrough

By Jamie Moran

In 2016, Dr. Jeff Nyquist and Dr. Duje Tadin conducted a study to draw a correlation between video games and the effects they seem to have on improving cognitive performance. By deconstructing the popular video game, “Halo”, they found that embedded in the game were the building blocks for perceptual training tasks. If isolated and magnified, these perceptual training tasks could potentially improve visual cognitive performance. They tested the new training protocol with a population of visually impaired youth and found that there was an improvement effect, that when re-tested 12 months later, remained stable.

This study was the foundation for NeuroTrainer, that would later help athletes improve their cognitive abilities, including decision making speeds, multi-tasking and focus. Read the original study here: Perceptual Training yields rapid improvements in visually impaired youth.

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