3D games help keep your memory in shape

Scientists say contact with the complexity of these games is one of the best ways to keep our hippocampus active and healthy.

In search of ways to stimulate our brains and perhaps reach old age with the same memory of our earliest years, researchers at the University of California - Irvine have come up with a solution that you might already use and don't even give up. account. Play video games - 3D games if possible.

The tests worked like this: one group of students who are not familiar with video games would play Super Mario 3D World, while the other group would be introduced to Angry Birds. Both games were chosen because of their aesthetics - while the first has a relatively complex and dynamic scenario, the second is set in a more simplified and passive environment. The idea is for the volunteers to play for half an hour for two straight weeks.

Playing games for a lifetime can be the best way to grow old with memory clinking.

Before and after playing, the volunteers solved memory tests. The idea was to investigate how games - and the difference in the complexity of scenarios - interfere with stimulating the hippocampus, the brain area linked to learning and memory. Who played Mario 3D achieved a 12% increase in comparison of pre and post game test scores. According to scientists, this is about the amount of memory we lose between the ages of 45 and 70. The evolution rate of students who played Angry Birds was not disclosed, but scientists say progress has been much slower.

As you move through video game scenarios, you are exercising the same parts of the brain that you would use to move through a real-life environment. This is why 3D games stimulate memory more than 2D games: they have much more spatial information and make much more available for the user to learn.

According to the research, the results showed "a significant improvement in hippocampal-linked cognition using various behavioral measures." According to the scientists, the experiment "suggests that modern games may offer relevant stimulation in the human hippocampus."