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Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control

Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Scientists at UC San Francisco are reporting that they have found a way to reverse some of the negative effects of aging on the brain, using a video game designed to improve cognitive control.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 11, 7:27 AM

Again another good use case being developed for the elderly, and video gaming.  Now if I could only get pops (he's 75) to play Call of Duty with me and the nephews.

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'World of Warcraft' boosts seniors' brainpower: study

'World of Warcraft' boosts seniors' brainpower: study | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
"People who played ‘World of Warcraft' versus those who did not play experienced an increase in cognitive ability, particularly older adults who performed very poorly in our first testing session," the study's co-author, Dr. Jason Allaire, said in a telephone interview.

 

In the study, Allaire and his co-authors, Dr. Anne McLaughlin and PhD student Laura Whitlock, first tested the cognitive abilities of adults aged 60 to 77 to set a baseline. The experimental group played "WoW" for about 14 hours on their home computers, while the control group didn't play at all.

 

Allaire said the group that played the game showed "statistically significant" improvement in their cognitive abilities.

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Video Games Can Enhance Certain Cognitive Skills

Video Games Can Enhance Certain Cognitive Skills | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Playing video games for an hour a day can improve performance on cognitive tasks that use similar mental processes, according to a new study.

 

While previous studies have reported that action games can improve cognitive skills, the researchers say their study is the first to compare several video games and show that different skills can be improved by playing different games.

 

The researchers explain that, much like muscles that can be trained with repetitive actions, repeated use of certain cognitive processes in video games can improve performance on other tasks as well.

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According to this study, researchers found that you can use specific games to improve specific skills, which can then be useful outside of the games.

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