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Enhancing the contrast sensitivity function through action video game training

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The contrast sensitivity function (CSF) is routinely assessed in clinical evaluation of vision and is the primary limiting factor in how well one sees. CSF improvements are typically brought about by correction of the optics of the eye with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. We found that the very act of action video game playing also enhanced contrast sensitivity, providing a complementary route to eyesight improvement.

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We thank C.S. Green for his invaluable help and advice throughout this project, and A. Anderson, S. Bailey, A. Katz, M. Maciejewski, A. States, P. Santos and B. Hubert-Wallander for their help in running the training studies. This work was supported in part by grants from the US National Institutes of Health (EY016880), the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the Office of Naval Research to D.B. and the Israel Science Foundation to U.P.

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  1. Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department and Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA.

    • Renjie Li
    • , Walter Makous
    •  & Daphne Bavelier
  2. Goldschleger Eye Research Institute, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

    • Uri Polat

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