Can old video games make a young brain?

Maybe all of those youngsters are right: Video games aren’t so detrimental, after all. The New York Times recently reported on new research showing that old-style video games might actually help old brains act younger. It’s interesting evidence for those who’ve long suggested that video games can actually make us smarter.

The Study

According to the study, older adults who played an easy video game in which they had to drive a car past other vehicles while identifying key road signs displayed the neurological patterns of much younger adults. How much younger? The study discovered that some 80-year-olds boasted patterns more common in the brains of 20-year-olds.


And the best news? This benefit didn’t end once the video game stopped. Researchers told the Times that participants benefitted from the younger-brain attributes when executing normal day-to-day activities.

Space Invaders for life?

So, it could be time for our older readers to break out their long-abandoned copies of Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Whatever helps build a younger brain should be embraced. And if it will require a few hours of shooting down aliens or gobbling dots to do it? That’s better still.

Posted on: 07.02.14