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The Effect of Playing Shooter Video Games on Audiovisual Temporal Window of Integration
The influence of video games on the processes of human perception and cognition is becoming increasingly discussed topic in scientific field as this media grows. It is assumed that action games have a positive impact on various cognitive abilities. The results of previous studies show that gamers in comparison to ordinary people demonstrate improved ability to process multisensory information. However, the reasons behind these differences remain unclear. The presented work explores the effects of shooter video game experience on the temporal window of integration for audiovisual information. The study involved 60 subjects: 30 experienced players and 30 non-players. The ability of participants to process audio-visual information was measured using Simultaneity and Temporal Order Judgment tasks. The measurements were carried out at the beginning of the study and after a two-week training session in which the subjects played shooters and non-action games. The results of the study showed the significant narrowing of the temporal window of integration after two weeks of playing shooters and a less pronounced but noticeable narrowing after playing non-action games. Based on this, the authors assume that the gaming experience (and especially shooter one) can have a positive impact on the ability to process audiovisual information. The results of the study allow to continue the dialogue about the use of games in development and rehabilitation programs. In addition, these results demonstrate the new method of manipulation of temporal window of integration for audiovisual information without strict laboratory stimulation.