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Study: Video Game Has 80 Year Old Brains Acting 20

You all plan to keep gaming well into old age right?

If you do, or if you're already getting up there in age, you might be able to receive certain cognitive benefits that passive entertainment just doesn't offer.

There are so many senseless studies being done for the express purpose of locating reasons to blame violence on games it's always refreshing to see one that searches out a scientific basis for any benefits.

The study I'm referring to was recently completed at the University of California, San Francisco and is set to be published soon in the scientific journal Nature under the title Game Changer. Neuroscientists at the university led by Dr. Adam Gazzaley helped to create Neuroracer, a driving game in which players drive a car and attempt to identify specific road signs while ignoring those that seem irrelevant.

Researchers say that older adults, some as old as 80, start to show neurological patterns of people in their 20's. Those benefits aren't limited to the play time either. After training, the participants sustained those cognitive abilities without further training for up to 6 months. Participants also performed better at memory and attention tests outside the game.

“That is the most grabbing thing here,” said Dr. Gazzaley, “We transferred the benefit from inside the game to different cognitive abilities.”

The results come after a lengthy four year $300,000 study and scientists caution the results do not mean any video game would improve cognition.

Even so, that's a mighty interesting roundup of information suggesting how the multitasking available in video games could sharpen one's mind wouldn't you say?

 

Source: Matt Richtel, New York Times

Tags: video game studies

9/5/2013 9:23:17 PM David D. Nelson

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Comments (17 posts)

Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, September 05, 2013 @ 11:09:19 PM
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FYI PSXE readers- I'm traveling a lot between Friday and Saturday so you won't see any PSXE updates from me. Well, probably not, anyway. Some of the other guys might put up a few things in between, so look for those. :)

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Clamedeus
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 2:12:21 AM

Alright. :D Have a safe trip Ben.

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Temjin001
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 10:16:19 AM

Woo hoo PS VITA time!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 1:06:14 PM

Bon voyage.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 2:00:46 PM

Yeah, Vita was helpful on the plane. :)

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 3:54:06 AM
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safe travelling ben look forward to ur nxt aritcle.

happy gaming =)

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JackieBoy
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 4:42:44 AM
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Hell, I'm planning to play until my fingers get rusty or I can't hold joypad in my hands...
Don't care what people say about that games are childish. Those are people who never played games mostly.

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Limbo
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 7:45:33 AM

Same, going to be gaming as long as I can.

And I have heard a saying that goes something like - When you stop playing, you don't grow up, you grow old. Or something along those lines, which I find to be completely true.

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Clamedeus
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 7:47:16 AM

So.. you have Metal fingers? O_o

I kid, i kid. :P

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Banky A
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 8:48:32 AM

Cyborg fingers +5

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Clamedeus
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 9:08:21 AM

@Banky

Haha. :P

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 9:48:00 AM
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I hope I can play right up until the end and I make my way to fanboy heaven. What better way to have fun when your body is falling apart and you can't work than to play games and keep your mind sharp?

Sadly I've never been able to teach my dad to play, he's too far gone.

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SayWord
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 10:08:57 AM
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My girlfriend is actually studying neuroscience for her phd and hopes to do studies that prove video games could help children with education. If studies like this one here become more prevalent then there might be some hope she can get funding in the future.

Great read thanks ben.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 2:21:51 PM

ahem

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Temjin001
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 10:18:43 AM
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next week there'll be another study saying the opposite, or saying that it increases arthritis, erectile dysfunction, or uncontrollable bladder =p

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Clamedeus
Friday, September 06, 2013 @ 11:12:18 AM

This would not surprise me. lol

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greg238
Saturday, September 07, 2013 @ 2:29:06 PM
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It shows there a gamer in all of us

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