Video game research has attempted to find tasks that enhance cognitive abilities. The purpose of this study was to determine if players from a recently popular video game genre called Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) have superior cognitive performance than those who do not. Three measurements of cognitive abilities including reaction time, visual attention, and spatial working memory were examined with a letter digit substitution task (LDST), Flanker task, and symmetry span task respectively. Additionally, MOBA player experience and skill level were compared with performance scores. Better performance was found for MOBA players on the LDST and symmetry span tasks. However, no significant differences were observed on the Flanker task. No significant correlations between MOBA experience and skill level with cognitive performance scores were observed. This suggests that video gaming has the potential to enhance a wide array of cognitive abilities.


Gillund, Gary




Cognitive Psychology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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