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Special cognitive abilities of esports experts

Performance, physiological state, and brain activity


Since esports is not easily influenced by physical factors, it is said that their actual ability, condition, and visual capacity are difficult to analyze. To objectively evaluate these characteristics of esports players, we have investigated the relationship between game performance and the physiological/brain states of esports players by taking a neuroscience approach. The results of our experiments show that synchrony of heart rate between players reflects their actual abilities and that parietal brain activities are associated with the outcome of the next round. Further investigations, including a vision-science-based test of the capacities of visual information processing of esports players, will reveal the physiological/brain states and cognitive capacities related to performance and will enable us to establish a neuroscience methodology for esports players to improve their performance in competitive environments.


  1. K. Watanabe, N. Saijo, M. Kashino, “The across-player correlation of the physiological change reflecting the fight-or-flight response in esports.” in Proc. The Society for Neuroscience 49th Annual Meeting, 2019.
  2. K. Hosokawa, K. Maruya, S. Nishida, M. Takahashi, S. Nakadomari, “Gamified vision test system for daily self-check,” in Proc. 2019 IEEE Games, Entertainment, Media Conference (GEM), 2019.


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