Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Video-game studies have serious flaws


Poor design of experiments undermines idea that action games bring cognitive benefit.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Boot, W. R., Blakely, D. P. & Simons, D. J. Front. Psychol. 2, 226 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Green, C. S. & Bavelier, D. Nature 423, 534-537 (2003).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

Download references


Related links

Related links

Related external links

Walter Boot

Jay Pratt

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Costandi, M. Video-game studies have serious flaws. Nature (2011).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing