Journal of Cognitive Enhancement

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 104–110 | Cite as

Simon-Task Reveals Balanced Visuomotor Control in Experienced Video-Game Players

  • Andrew James LathamEmail author
  • Christine Westermann
  • Lucy L. M. Patston
  • Nathan A. Ryckman
  • Lynette J. Tippett
Brief Report


Both short and long-term video-game play may result in superior performance on visual and attentional tasks. To further these findings, we compared the performance of experienced male video-game players (VGPs) and non-VGPs on a Simon-task. Experienced-VGPs began playing before the age of 10, had a minimum of 8 years of experience and a minimum play time of over 20 h per week over the past 6 months. Our results reveal a significantly reduced Simon-effect in experienced-VGPs relative to non-VGPs. However, this was true only for the right-responses, which typically show a greater Simon-effect than left-responses. In addition, experienced-VGPs demonstrated significantly quicker reaction times and more balanced left-versus-right-hand performance than non-VGPs. Our results suggest that experienced-VGPs can resolve response-selection conflicts more rapidly for right-responses than non-VGPs, and this may in part be underpinned by improved bimanual motor control.


Video-games Simon-task Simon-effect Laterality Visuomotor control Visuospatial attention 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew James Latham
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Christine Westermann
    • 3
    • 4
  • Lucy L. M. Patston
    • 3
    • 4
  • Nathan A. Ryckman
    • 3
    • 4
  • Lynette J. Tippett
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Brain and Mind CentreThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of PsychologyThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  4. 4.Centre for Brain ResearchThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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