Selective Attention Games
"I'm better when I move." - the Sundance Kid
The ability to pick out items quickly and accurately despite distractions is an essential skill in learning. Games that require you to pick out objects in a crowded and changing field enhance this ability.
Bow Master, Winter Bow Master
These games use archery practice with a medieval theme to train point and shoot accuracy. Lots of moving targets and distractions.
In these games you must watch for 3 balls of the same color to come together, and blow them up. It requires visually selecting the targets and reacting more and more quickly as the levels increase.
BadaBOOM, Nan Zuma
- There are many games in which a colored ball is shot at a field of other balls to eliminate them, a variation on BadaBOOM. I didn't choose one because they're kind of slow.
- Other point-and-shoot games (known in the trade as First Person Shooters (FPS)) have proven effective to improve selective and spatial attention, but are too violent to be included on this site. (See below.)
- There is still much controversy about the effects of violent video games in the literature, with both positive (acting out) and negative (desensitization) effects being attributed. Recent meta-analyses have cited variables such as predispositions of the children and the nature of the violence involved as being key predictive factors of negative effects.
- Ignoring the Elephant In The Room (Mevorach et al., 2010)
- Action video game modifies visual selective attention (Green & Bavelier, 2003)
- The Effects of Violent Video Games on Aggression -Â A Meta-analysis (Sherry, 2001)
- Not so doomed: computer game play and positive adolescent development (Durkin & Barber, 2002)