Some people say video games rot your brain. They're a waste of time. But as it turns out, all those people are wrong.
Recent research shows that some video games can actually be good for your brain development. Specifically, these three classics...
This RTS game allows you to build bases and defeat enemies.
How it makes your brain better: A study in PLOS ONE showed that playing 40 hours of the game benefitted the player’s ability to switch back and forth between different situations, as well as improving the ability to find creative solutions to problems.
Everyone’s favourite plumber’s first voyage into the 3D world sees Mario running around the place while grabbing coins, stomping on enemies and solving puzzles.
How it makes your brain better: A study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Cherité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus found that playing Super Mario 64 actually encourages the growth of grey matter in several areas of the brain, especially the areas responsible for memory and strategising skills. So, think of the game as a Mario Mushroom for your brain.
This “prescription-strength” video game was designed specifically for children affected by ADHD, and aims to help patients with problem-solving, working memory and self-regulation.
How it makes your brain better: A study for the game tested 80 children between the ages of eight and 12. Half of the children had ADHD but were not on medication, and the other half didn’t have the condition. They all played Project: EVO for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for one month. After that month, those with ADHD had an improved attention span compared to those who didn’t have ADHD.
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Words: Liam Connell
[H/t Medical Daily]