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Video Games To Improve Memory?

Video games are not just for kids anymore! Researchers are experimenting with video games that help the elderly with their memory.

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Scientists are investigating which types of video games will help elderly people improve memory.

Video games may seem like a kid-only activity. However, researchers are starting to look at ways to use video games for education and more specifically boost memory and thinking skills in the elderly.

Video Games For The Elderly

Researchers want to improve memory, critical thinking, mental skills, and other problem-solving skills. They have a two-phase plan aimed at improving cognitive functioning:

Phase One:

Researchers will test specific qualities that can be found in video games. They will compare these specific qualities to see if they improved cognitive functioning.

Phase Two:

Once researchers know which qualities improve mental functioning, they will set aside guidelines that can be used to design video games, board games, or other activities.

The Future

Researchers hope that video games will slow the decline in cognitive functioning associated with aging.

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Margaret Aprison

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Psychology. The daughter of two scientists, Margaret has been surrounded by the subject her entire life. She enjoys social media, writing, television, and, of course, science!

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