Psychologists have found an effective replacement to the test on IQ

© Fotolia / Jakub JirsákIQ testPsychologists have found an effective replacement to the test on IQ© Fotolia / Jakub Jirsák

The level of intellectual development can be assessed and no IQ test is enough to determine how well a person plays a multiplayer online strategy (MOBA), say psychologists from the University of York (UK). A study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

They found the link between the skills strategy and a high level of intelligence, conducted two studies. In the first experiment the participants played League of Legends (LoL) is one of the most popular games of this genre in the world, and then took standard IQ tests. The best results in testing showed the most skilled players in LoL.

The second study — analysis of the dataset of players in League of Legends and Dota 2 have shown that with the maturation of the player «skill» and IQ evolve with a similar dynamics. This, according to psychologists, is the difference between the strategies of «shooters»: in the recent demand for speed and reaction, and the deterioration of these qualities falls and the General level of the game, while in MOBA in the foreground memory and the ability to quickly assess the situation, make a strategic decision quality, come with the mental development.

«Games like LoL and Dota 2 is complicated, they are interactive and require intellectual effort. In our study, it is assumed that the skill in these games can be considered a measure of intelligence,» said project leader, Professor, Department of psychology, University of York Alex Wade.