If You Can Ace 'Guitar Hero,' You Can Remove a Pancreas

“Guitar Hero” players at the CeBIT IT fair in Hanover, Germany Photograph by Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

“Play to Become a Surgeon.” It has the ring of late-night advertising (Make millions working from home! Lose weight and increase your IQ by eating only fudge!). However, it’s actually the title of a scientific paper published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS One. Researchers at La Sapienza University of Rome in Italy had medical residents play video games on the Nintendo Wii for an hour a day for four weeks and found that doing so actually made them more adept at performing laparoscopic surgery.

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