TOEIC® Style Reading Questions : Part 7

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Do you know these words? Use them to complete the sentences. correct
surgeon • simulation • fine motor control • convince
suspected • avid • distracting • inferior
  1. He is an reader. He reads a new book every two days.
  2. To me, listening to music while I study is .
  3. This company does not make good clothes. The quality is to other brands .
  4. A has to study for many years before working with real patients.
  5. You will never me to eat sushi. I definitely won't try it.
  6. Young children have a hard time writing because they don't have yet.
  7. Pilots studying flying an airplane using a computer before they get into a real airplane.
  8. They that I stole the cookie, but I didn't!
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Answer key for questions #191, #192, #193, #194, and #195

Video games are often criticized as having a negative influence on children. Those who are against them argue that they are addictive, expensive, distracting, and lead to antisocial and even violent behavior. However, a recent study has clearly demonstrated that video games can improve a surgeon’s skill at the operating table.

33 surgeons participated in an experiment that had them perform a series of tests that simulated surgery. The surgeons who reported that they play video games for more than three hours a week made 37 percent fewer errors and were 27 percent faster than the non-gamers. This remained true even in cases where the surgeon had much more experience and training than the surgeons who were avid gamers.

The research confirms what the lead researcher, also a surgeon himself, had suspected for a long time: that his non-gaming peers had inferior fine motor control. Now that there is scientific proof to back up his hypothesis, it will be hard to convince surgeons not to have a video game console in the break room to help them keep sharp.

Video games are often criticized as having a negative influence on children. Those who are against them argue that they are addictive, expensive, distracting, and lead to antisocial and even violent behavior. However, a recent study has clearly demonstrated that video games can improve a surgeon’s skill at the operating table.

33 surgeons participated in an experiment that had them perform a series of tests that simulated surgery. The surgeons who reported that they play video games for more than three hours a week made 37 percent fewer errors and were 27 percent faster than the non-gamers. This remained true even in cases where the surgeon had much more experience and training than the surgeons who were avid gamers.

The research confirms what the lead researcher, also a surgeon himself, had suspected for a long time: that his non-gaming peers had inferior fine motor control. Now that there is scientific proof to back up his hypothesis, it will be hard to convince surgeons not to have a video game console in the break room to help them keep sharp.

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