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