Video Games Brain Train Older Adults
During a recent study, a sixty-five-year-old women was beginning to get worried about her progressively short attention span. She was enrolled in a study conducted by the University of California which examined whether playing a custom-designed video games could possibly help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilities amongst older individuals. The results of this study, which were recently published in Nature Magazine, were absolutely startling. Neuroscientist, Adam Gazzaley found that sixty-year-olds who played a game called NeuroRacer for twelve hours over the during a one month period improved their multitasking abilities to levels well beyond those achieved by twenty-year-olds playing the same game for the first time. The study found that their multitasking abilities on the video game itself improved after playing it for a month. They also found that other cognitive control abilities that were not directly trained by the game, their sustained attention and their working memory abilities also improved after game playing. The subjects in the study also retained those improvements six months later.
Interestingly brain activity was also recorded while participants played NeuroRacer. ECG’s showed that as the participants skills improved, so did activity in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, the area connected with cognitive control. This clearly suggests that video game mechanics can be a genuinely powerful resource to reshape the brain. Hopefully it will help in people that are both healthy and unhealthy.
While these findings may not specifically translate to existing commercial video games, NeuroRacer is a great example of how those video games designed to specific populations could improve our lives. So while your here check out some of the games created by Traingularity Games that can be played on a mobile device by just about anyone. We won’t promise the activity in the pre-frontal cortex of your brain will increase, but we do guarantee you will have fun.http://triangularitygames.com/2015/09/video-games-brain-train-older-adults/Video Games Brain Train Older Adultshttp://triangularitygames.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/family-playing-video-games-at-home.jpghttp://triangularitygames.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/family-playing-video-games-at-home-150x150.jpgGamingGaming Newsadult brain training,brain train older adults,cognitive control abilities,Neuroscientist,pre-frontal cortex,video game mechanics,Video GamesDuring a recent study, a sixty-five-year-old women was beginning to get worried about her progressively short attention span. She was enrolled in a study conducted by the University of California which examined whether playing a custom-designed video games could possibly help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilities amongst...triangularitytriangularity firstname.lastname@example.orgAdministratorTriangularity Games