Play a game for a stronger brain

Are you worried about keeping your brain sharp? Have you noticed small memory problems already, like not being able to remember where you left your keys or forgetting the name of someone you just met?

Maybe you’ve chalked them up to those “senior moments.”

But, the truth is that no matter what you hear on the news or even from your doctor, there are ways to improve your cognition and keep your brain functioning optimally whatever your age.

And, one way to do that is by playing games. After all, whenever you do anything that requires mental energy, you’re exercising your abilities — it’s just like if you exercise your muscles… you get stronger.

However, according to scientists, there are some types of games that are better than others for your brain.

Here’s what the research shows…

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Play today for a strong brain tomorrow

Psychologists have been studying the impact of video games ever since the late 80s, when Pacman and arcades first took root, to learn how they impact our brains.

Now, over 15 years of research have been compiled by scientists at the Université de Genève into two meta-analyses (overarching studies) — that’s right… 15 years of scientific studies have now conclusively shown which games do the best job keeping your brain sharp.

In the first meta-analyses, a total of 8,970 individuals, including those who played action video games and non-gamers, took several psychometric tests to evaluate their cognitive abilities.

They were assessed based on spatial attention (e.g. quickly detecting a dog in a herd of animals) as well as their skills at managing multiple tasks simultaneously and changing their plans according to pre-determined rules.

And, it was found that the cognition of gamers was better compared to non-gamers.

The psychologists then proceeded to analyze the difference between those who play action games versus other types of games for the second meta-analysis.

They took 2,883 people who played for a maximum of one hour a week and tested them for their cognitive abilities and then randomly divided them into two groups: one played action games (war or shooter), the other played control games (SIMS, Puzzle, Tetris).

And, the results were beyond dispute!

Individuals playing action games increased their cognition more than those playing the control games.

However, these beneficial effects were only observed in studies that asked individuals to space their gameplay out over many weeks to months rather than to engage in a large amount of gaming in a single sitting.

Remember… in any learning activity, short bouts of repeated practice are far better than binging!

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.