When Computer Games May Keep the Brain Nimble
Playing computer games can slow and even reverse declines in brain function associated with aging, a recent study found. But crossword puzzles, widely believed to keep the brain nimble, didn't help at all.
Fredric Wolinsky, lead researcher for the latest study and a professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, said previous studies have demonstrated there are real-world benefits to playing certain computer games, including a reduction in depression symptoms. A study published in 2011 as part of a multi-year, government-funded trial, known as ACTIVE, showed that participants followed for six years had a 50% lower rate of motor-vehicle accidents following cognitive training, said Dr. Wolinsky, who didn’t participate in that research. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Full article: Wall Street Journal