“Grandpa, what a lot of XPs (eXperience Points) you have!”
“Hah! All the better to pwn (slang for own, beat, defeat) the BBEGs (Big Bad Evil Guys), my dear!”
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–not your usual conversation between your child and your parent today, but soon your mom or dad could be “glory seeking” for cheats right along with your young video gamer — to improve their aging brain!
As reported in Awakening From Alzheimer’s, video games don’t necessarily addle your brain: NeuroRacer improves memory and attention in senior citizen gamers!
A game designed by scientists is awaiting approval from the FDA for use in medical treatment. Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D,. has been working hard to design this one and other games specifically for use in the treatment of brain disorders.
It Began with a Game He Created Called NeuroRacer
In his studies at the University of California, San Francisco, players were tasked with driving a simulated car down a winding road while simultaneously pressing a button whenever a prompt came on the screen (multitasking).
Participants ranging in age from 60 t0 85 were tested before and after playing the game. They were compared to control groups who performed only one action, or did nothing at all. Participants played the game for one hour a day, three days a week for four weeks.
For the multitasking group, a significant improvement in memory and attention was observed after the month-long test…
They showed an increase in their ability to multitask and in their reaction time, performing as well or better than players in their 20s. If it holds up, it’s a remarkable result.
What got my attention is that the multitasking game players were also able to remember things in their daily lives better, such as names, addresses and phone numbers. The improvement could still be observed as much as six months later.3
These findings coincide with other studies suggesting that popular games such as World of Warcraft can enhance neural plasticity in seniors.4
…Now, Dr. Gazzaley has teamed up with Alkili Interactive to produce Project EVO, the next wave of cognitive-centered gaming.
…Project EVO ADHD is the first video game to await approval from the FDA for use in treatment. Once this happens, the company intends to move forward with versions targeted at Alzheimer’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, and several other brain disorders.53
3. NeuroRacerhere to read the original article]
You probably never thought you might have to limit Mom or Dad’s screen time, did you? But if it saves them from cognitive decline, it’s well worth it!
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