Maybe those video games won’t rot your brain

Maybe mom was wrong: Those video games may not rot your brain afterall. The fact is, they might actually make our brains act more youthful. The New York Times recently ran a feature story highlighting research from brain scientists that implies that certain video games can boost the power of our brains.

The Study

According to the story, a fairly easy video game requiring players to swerve around cars and pick out road signs can improve the short-term memory and long-term focus of older adults. Astonishingly, the story says, some players as old as 80 began showing the same neurological patters of people in their 20s.

Carry over

Researchers found, too, that the amazing benefits remained after older adults turned off the video games. This means that older adults again exhibited the neurological patterns of much younger adults when undertaking their daily tasks.

A Good Excuse?

So, it could be time for our older readers to crack out their long-abandoned copies of Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Any scenario that helps build a younger brain needs to be embraced. And if it requires a few hours of shooting down aliens or gobbling dots to get it done? That’s even better.

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Posted on: 10.11.13