RPI Tetris study could provide insight into rapid decision making

November 17, 2017 07:04 PM

A research team from RPI recently attended the Tetris World Championship in Portland, Ore. They were there to collect data from the world's best video game players. Specifically, they were tracking the player's eye movements and how they handle the game devices.

Students at RPI who play Tetris can reach Level 15, but the best of the best scored much higher.

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"These people in Oregon had taught themselves how to exceed what we thought must be a human limit, but it turned out not be a human limit. It turned out with the right training and the right techniques, you could vastly exceed that limit and get up to Level 29 and 30," noted Prof. Wayne Gray of RPI.   

Professor Gray's research could provide insight into the cognitive processes used in situations requiring rapid decision making, like surgery, flying a plane or working as an air traffic controller.


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