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Learning Video Games, Piano Both Bolster Brain in Seniors

December 7 2017  By: Seth Augenstein

Studies over the last decade have shown that video games can improve brain plasticity and the volume of gray matter in younger people.

Those brain benefits also extend to older gamers, and their memory performance, according to a new study.

The learning of new skills like the world of Super Mario 64 – or playing the piano – encourages hippocampal memory use, and keeps the brain working, claims the paper in PLoS ONE.... Go to full article

Word Grabber

December 4 2017  By: Shapes Mania

How many words can you make out of the letters in "GAME"? A popular website WinEveryGame suggests 16 words: mega, mage, game, meg, mag, mae, gem, gam, gae, age, me, ma.

But in the new Word Grabber project by Frederik Schrader you can find 18 words! Two more words are added: ame, egma.

These words are included in Collins Scrabble Words list: ame means soul, egma is a synonym of enigma.

Collins Scrabble Words list is used in English-language Scrabble tournaments in most countries except the USA, Thailand and Canada.

Thus, it seems that Word-Grabber.com is a very interesting and useful resource to prepare for word games like Scrabble.

Exploring the relationship between video game expertise and fluid intelligence

November 15 2017  By: Athanasios V. Kokkinakis, Peter I. Cowling, Anders Drachen, Alex R. Wade

Hundreds of millions of people play intellectually-demanding video games every day. What does individual performance on these games tell us about cognition? Here, we describe two studies that examine the potential link between intelligence and performance in one of the most popular video games genres in the world (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas: MOBAs). In the first study, we show that performance in the popular MOBA League of Legends’ correlates with fluid intelligence as measured under controlled laboratory conditions.... Go to full article

Do Games and Gamification really make you more intelligent?

September 20 2017  By: Albert van der Meer

The overall perception of most people still nowadays is that gaming, in general, is a negative activity. Many for some reason still feel that anything to do with games will lead to an unproductive life. And those who play games or interact with game-like environments must be lazy, probably did not do well academically, and most likely apathetic and/or depressed with their lives.... Go to full article

Mind-body maximizes benefits of exercise to seniors

August 3 2017  By: Paul Mayne

By 2035, a third of the Canadian population will be over 60 years old. And Kinesiology PhD student Narlon Boa Sorte Silva wants to make sure every one of them stays active and engaged in life via exercise.

In a recent study, Boa Sorte Silva showed that mind-motor training – an activity that simultaneously engages both cognitive function and movement – used in association with regular exercise helped older adults stave off the effects of dementia more than just regular exercise alone.... Go to full article

Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

July 17 2017  By: Shapes Mania

Experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over, submitted in an online trial. In research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017, the team asked participants how frequently they played word puzzles such as crosswords.

The study, one of the largest of its kind, used tests from the CogTrackTM and PROTECT online cognitive test systems to assess core aspects of brain function. They found that the more regularly participants engaged with word puzzles, the better they performed on tasks assessing attention, reasoning and memory.... Go to full article

Think brain games make you smarter? Think again, FSU researchers say

April 17 2017  By: Dave Heller

Be skeptical of ads declaring you can rev up your brain’s performance by challenging it with products from the growing brain-training industry.

Science does not support many of the claims.

That’s according to a new study published in the science journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience from a team of Florida State University researchers.... Go to full article

Playing Tetris can reduce onset of PTSD after trauma, study shows

March 29 2017  By: Meera Senthilingam, CNN

After experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a car accident, people are likely to develop anxiety or distress in relation to that event soon after the experience, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

But a new study has shown that playing the computer game Tetris within hours of experiencing trauma can prevent those feelings from taking over your mind.... Go to full article

Brain Games Might Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Feb 9 2017  By: Shapes Mania

A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study.

The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, are the first to show that any kind of intervention could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults.... Go to full article

Lumosity to Pay $2M to Settle FTC Charges Over ‘Brain Training’ Ads

January 5 2016  By: Mike Brunker

The company that created the Lumosity “brain training” program has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers into believing that its mind games could help users excel at work and school and reduce or delay “cognitive impairment associated with age and other serious health conditions.”... Go to full article

Bejeweled Proposed As A Clinical Treatment For Depression And Anxiety

February 16 2011  By: Mike Fahey

While more mainstream video games are under fire for causing depression, a new study at East Carolina University finds that playing casual puzzle games is an effective way to combat clinical depression and anxiety. Guess who underwrote the study?... Go to full article

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