Friday, May 26, 2017

Video Game Science: Study Shows Games Improve Memory

If for some reason you need more proof that video games are good for you, and won't rot your brain, the University of California at Irvine published a study in 2015 that may peek your interests. If anything, it comes with a sweet Infograph.

The study focused on if video games helped improve areas of the brain that affected memory - spatial as well as short/long-term memory. Using several test subjects and three different testing groups, the overall results look positive. Additional testing and more subjects are, of course, always needed to ensure the outcome is sound. But for what the researches had to work with, the content is good.

The first test had 3 groups: gamers, non-gamers, and competitive professional gamers. They were each given a questionnaire to fill out to gauge their gaming habits, followed by a series of enumeration and mnemonic similarity tests. When comparing the results, they found that gamers, both standard and pros, showed better mnemonic discrimination then non-gamers. Test 2 did a comparison of 2D and 3D games and found similar results, and improved memory among those who focused on 3D games.

Now if more science could be summed up in an infograph for people to easily digest, we might be able to combat global warming!

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