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Playing Action Video Games Could Help You Become A Better Driver

Game on, people. For our sake if not your own.

Driving requires utmost attention and long lasting patience as drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Overall, a driver has to have quick motor skills to see and to react to different traffic scenarios while he/she is on the road.

Fortunately, it seems that all those hours you spent slouching on the couch and harassing that console controller is finally paying off. A new study reveals that playing video games, especially the ones in the action genre, enhances certain areas of your brain that are responsible for performing tasks that require quick judgment and extreme focus. In short, playing video games can make you a better driver.

The study’s model-driven analysis compared test subjects who had played action and driving games against people who had played other kinds of video games on a driving simulator, with driving and action gamers showing an improvement in skills over the course of the study.

A person’s motor skill is considered as one of the critical and important factor in real-world driving. The said research was published in the journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The lead author of the study, University of Hong Kong psychologist Li Li, said that their research showed “that playing easily accessible action video games for as little as five hours can be a cost-effective tool to help improve essential visuomotor-control skills used for driving.”

To explain it better, visuomotor skills are your vision and movement working together in a normal to a fast-paced environment. It turns out that gamers playing the action genre of video games showcased impeccable visuomotor control.

Video games exercise a player’s reflexes with repetitive challenges in various successive levels. The mental process that happens when you incredibly dodge a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) or that slippery banana in Mario Kart is the same brain activity that takes place when you managed to steer away from that deep pothole at the last minute. Science believes that if you’re a gamer, there are high chances that you could put out better reactions at desperate times on the road.

It is important to note, however, that video games only give individuals an asset to become better drivers, but does not mean that they will be better drivers.

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Cadbury Caramel Spread Goes On Sale And Sends Shoppers Into A Frenzy

The chocolate gods have heard our prayers.

Cadbury just turned their famous gooey caramel bar into a chocolate spread, and it instantly became many shoppers' obsession. Nobody expected that the British multinational confectionery company would switch things up a bit for those sweet tiny squares but they did - and were so glad about it.

In fact, people have been raving about Cadbury Caramel Spread on social media nonstop. The 400-gram tub is available at selected Coles supermarket stores and retails for $7.95. The sweet treat consists of dairy milk chocolate and flowing caramel.

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Spanish Artist Recreates Famous Roman Emperors Through Stunning Sculptures

Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Nero come to life in these amazing hyperrealistic sculptures.

The Roman Empire may have been gone for thousands of years yet people are still intrigued about the great rulers who once led during the notorious period. However, what we know of them is still very limited and we only see what they may have looked like through marble statues. Luckily, one Spanish artist is changing all that. His works are bringing some of the most famous Roman emperors to life through hyperrealistic sculptures.

Césares de Roma is the Spanish sculptor's ongoing project that aims to spread knowledge of the Roman Empire through art. "Césares de Roma was born from the need to spread Roman classic history from a more human, real and modern perception," the artist tells us through a BoredPanda feature. "Recreating the faces of Roman rulers and emperors who died more than two thousand years ago is not something that should be left to chance. For this reason and with the aim of bringing them back to our time, the exhaustive study of numismatics, sculptures, reliefs and classical literary sources that have reached our days, making it possible for us to approach the real aspect as closely as possible, plays a fundamental role."

Gaius Julius Caesar

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11 Cities In the Philippines Have The Cleanest Air In Southeast Asia, Greenpeace Reveals

Is your city among those with the cleanest air? Or are you living in the most polluted cities?

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In recent times, certain Asian areas have demonstrated strong relations between economic development and increased air pollution, says a report published by Greenpeace. It generated attention that made the pollution problem so pressing, prompting "extensive monitoring networks and air pollution reduction policies."

In yet another report published by Switzerland-based IQ AirVisual and Greenpeace, the Philippines, which ranked 24th in the world's most polluted index, also has the cities with the cleanest air.

Calamba, a city in Laguna, topped the list of cities with the cleanest air in Southeast Asia.

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