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Multiplayer Video Games: Researchers Discover Link Between Skill and Intelligence

By University of York

November 20, 2017

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Researchers at the University of York in the U.K. have found a connection between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence.

The team concentrated on Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) that usually involve two opposing teams of five individuals, and multiplayer First Person Shooter (FPS) games. They found for large groups comprised of thousands of players, performance in MOBAs and intelligence quotient (IQ) behave similarly as players age.

By contrast, this effect was not observed in FPSs, where performance declined after adolescence.

York professor Alex Wade notes the work extends the correlation between good strategy-game skills and high IQ scores "to games that millions of people across the planet play every day."

Researchers suggest such games could be used as "proxy" IQ tests to assess global populations in disciplines such as cognitive epidemiology, as well as to monitor cognitive health across populations.

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