January 17, 2012

Playing Games is Good for the Brain

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Turn that video game–on?  A new study led by Rui Nouchi of Tohoku University in Japan, where the Brain Age game was developed, shows that brain training computer games can improve some cognitive functions.

Nouchi and his team selected 32 elderly people to participate in there four week study. During this period, the participants played either Brain Age or Tetris, for 15 minutes per day, at least five days a week. At the end of the four weeks, Nouchi and his colleagues found that the Brain Age players showed small improvements in their executive functions and processing speeds, but other cognitive functions were unchanged.

According to researchers, the relatively short training time used in the study suggests that it may be possible to improve some cognitive functions quite rapidly.

SOURCE: PLos One, January 2012