BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of California Irvine showed that 3D video games are good for your memory.
We always hear about TV, computers and the internet not being good for us. Watching too much TV makes us couch potatoes who are exposed to a higher risk of obesity or other health problems. Spending too much time in front of the computer makes us lose our capacity to focus. Besides the internet converts us into anti-social beings who believe that the best places for hanging out with friends are the ones which have Wi-Fi connection.
Despite all of these negative effects staring at a screen could have, it looks like scientists have manage to get something good out of it after all. The study’s subjects were college students who didn’t usually play video games. They were asked to play 30 minutes per day for two weeks. The games they played were different, from Angry Birds to Super Mario 3D World.
The participants took memory tests before and after the two weeks in which they played video games. The second test showed improvements in the performance of memory in college students, especially the ones playing 3D video games. The other passive games or two-dimensional games didn’t have any influence on the participants’ memories.
To be more exact the memory performance of the subjects who played 3D video games increased by 12 percent. This is also the percentage of memory capability decrease in people over the age of 45. Therefore, if you want to keep those 12 percent when you get older you should start considering becoming a gamer.
But how exactly can 3D games improve our memory? They are a lot more complex than 2-D games and give the user more spatial information, pushing your brain into being more focused and functional. This type of activity stimulates the hippocampus.
Although the discovery sounds more fun and scientific, it could help a lot people who suffer from memory loss or who are at risk of having dementia. Despite the fact that it might not cure them, it could help slow down the process and prolong the healthy life of our brains.
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