Video games.. from a tool for entertainment to the fight against dementia

20 September, 2022
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Video games.. from a tool for entertainment to the fight against dementia

It seems that video games will not only become a tool for entertainment or challenge among adolescents, but will also constitute a medical means to preserve the mental abilities of the elderly, to delay or even prevent dementia.

According to recently published studies, researchers are studying a group of digital games marketed by companies to exercise the mind through tests of speed, attention and memory.

Scientists are studying whether these “brain training” games can help stave off or delay age-related decline in the brain, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The report made it clear that these games are not what people usually think of as video games or puzzles.In some cases, players must distinguish and recall sounds, patterns, and objects, making quick decisions that become increasingly difficult as the games progress.

One game gives users a split second to locate two identical butterflies in a flock before the image disappears.

promising tool

Many scientists said it was too early to tell if gaming really was able to prevent dementia, and to question whether it could lead to long-term improvements in memory and daily performance. But some scientists think the games are promising enough that they're spending millions of dollars studying them.

It is noteworthy that neuroscientists have long recommended traditional games, such as bridge, sudoku and crossword puzzles, to preserve our brain.

The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, said brain training games have not been shown to prevent dementia, while studies so far have shown mixed results about the effectiveness of games as doubts remain about their ability to produce long-term practical improvements.

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