Video Games for Improving Memory

Should you become an avid gamer in order to improve your memory? Research on whether video games for improving memory are truly effective has generally provided mixed results. Recently, researchers in California came up with a game that might just make a difference. Although the game wasn’t specifically designed to improve memory, there were long-term benefits to memory as well as attention and focus. Surprisingly, older participants performed better than those in their 20′s!

Video Games for Improving Memory

Should you be playing video games for improving memory?

Should you be playing video games for improving memory?

Here’s the link to the news clip:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=999408

One of the surprising elements in this game involved multi-tasking. Often, multi-tasking creates confusion, errors, and a slower response rate as your brain alternates back and forth between tasks, but in this study the conclusion was that multi-tasking can be effective in keeping the brain sharp.

If you’ve been reading other posts on this blog, you’ll be aware of how I feel about some of the video games for improving memory that you find online. Many of them are simply timed matching games that might help you play the game better but don’t really make a difference to your brain. I’m glad to see there’s something better coming along.

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