A new study has just discovered that playing 3D video games leads preventing memory loss and dementia. This joins other studies that show playing Tetris reduces cravings (drinking, smoking, etc.) and story-based games help those with autism. If you’re staying up a little late and not cleaning because you’re addicted to Fallout 4, tell everyone that you’re just working to prevent dementia. After all, what’s the worst that would happen if you forgot to take out the garbage or clean up the guest room?
Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson, of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory at UCI, had students play a 2D video game (Angry Birds) or a 3D video game (Super Mario World 3D) for 30 minutes a day for a period of two weeks. After stringently testing memory throughout the entire experiment, researchers found that memory improved overall by 12% for those who played the 3D video game, Super Mario World 3D.
This is noteworthy because for those who are between the ages of 45 and 70, memory performance typically decreases by 12%. Playing 3D video games every day can have significant impacts on strengthening and preserving memory—and they can be a lot of fun, too.
As your brain maps out a 3D environment, it has to process more spatial relationships—which is the relationship between objects in space (or, in this case, in the video game). Additionally, problem solving, quick reactions, visual stimulation, and other video game aspects also contribute to the success of video games on improving cognitive function.
We do all know that sitting for an entire day or week at a time is horrid on your health—so if you’ve been at the office all day long, perhaps pull the exercise bike out while you play some video games. But if anyone’s questioning how you can sit and play video games “all night”? You’re improving and protecting your memory while growing the cognitive functions of your brain.
The Pleasant Hills Apothecary Team