Surgeons Get Better Playing Nintendo Wii

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According to the experiments by the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre team, playing some Wii games improve surgeons' performance. The study pitted a group of eight trainee surgeons, who spent one hour on the Wii, against normal trainees in a surgery virtual reality simulator. However, only a few games help this:

According to researcher Kanav Kohel, only games that require delicate, small and precise movements work for surgery training. They used Marble Mania, which gets the player to control a ball over a 3D maze.

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The Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre study concluded that a cheap Wii could be an excellent substitute to enhance surgery skills in poor countries with no access to virtual simulators. The results of their research supports this conclusion: the Wii-enhanced group scored 50% better than the others. [BBC]

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@applesaucejx: You don't think a guy named Jesus isn't going to through in a little funny Spanish every now and again?

@-AP-: I agree partially with the both of you. One, I think there are two many stupid studies going on, where they could funnel more research into more valuable areas.

On the other hand, I think the more studies and research going on in diverse areas, the better chances of "happy accident" discoveries occurring.