Cyber culture: More proof that gaming can keep you young
Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
A study from the University of California has suggested, once again, that playing video games can have a positive effect on our cognitive abilities.
This particular study concluded that people as old as 80 can begin to show neurological patterns more normally identified with 20-somethings after spending time playing a specially devised driving game called NeuroRacer.
We've seen these kind of claims made many times before; that for all the negatives that people may associate with intensive use of video games, they can lead to marked improvements in certain aspects of cognitive function, including short-term memory, multi-tasking skills and, most notably, increased attention spans in an era of constant distraction and over-stimulation.
The Californian study also found that the cognitive improvements seen while playing NeuroRacer were then transferred to other, non-gaming activities. That's one in the eye for the game-play naysayers
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