Why playing Space Invaders might be good for your brain

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

Benefits

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 similar neurological patters of people in their 20s.

It Doesn’t Fade

Even more importantly, the story states that researchers discovered that the brain improvements did not take place only while players were involved in the video game. The improvements continued outside the game while study participants took part in other tasks.

A Good Excuse?

The message here? It’s time to take out your old Atari and slip in Pac-Man or Space Invaders. The brain you save may be your own.


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