Multiplayer video games: IGGI student discovers link between skill and intelligence

Posted 16th November 2017

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IGGI student, Athanasios Kokkinakis, and his supervisors Prof Alex Wade, Prof Peter Cowling and Prof Anders Drachen in the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at the University of York have discovered a link between young people’s ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence.

Studies carried out at the Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at York found that some action strategy video games can act like IQ tests. The researchers’ findings are published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

The discovery of this correlation between skill and intelligence opens up a huge new data source. For example, as ‘proxy’ tests of IQ, games could be useful at a global population level in fields such as ‘cognitive epidemiology’ – research that examines the associations between intelligence and health across time - and as a way of monitoring cognitive health across populations.  

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