A study out of Sapienza University of Rome found that video games may help develop surgical skills. Doctors tested 42 first and second year surgical residents on laparoscopic abilities, such as hand eye coordination and camera manipulation, before and after one group underwent a structured four-week training session on the Nintendo Wii game console. The 21 students who trained on the Wii games that required visual concentration and three-dimensional visualization performed significantly better on laparoscopic skills tasks than the control group, taking less time overall and showing improved accuracy and economy of movement.
The results of the study aren’t really all that surprising. Hand eye coordination is hand eye coordination and practice is practice so any activity to improve the ability should improve it regardless of setting but the study caused me to think about things we may be unlearning as a society.
Do you think it’s possible that we are unlearning how to write. I rarely write anymore, even now I’m typing. I interface with a keyboard more often than I do an ink pen or a pencil. Most of my non-verbal communication is through typing or texting.
I’m no transcriptionist but I can type pretty fast, in fact, I believe I can type faster than I can write and when I do write it seems to be more of a labor than a love. Maybe there’s a Wii game that will improve my writing abilities!