Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation, UCI study finds

IMAGE: UCI professor of neurobiology & behavior Craig Stark, here holding a 3-D-printed model of his own hippocampus, says that “video games may be a nice, viable route ” to maintaining cognitive… view more Irvine, Calif. — Don’t put that controller down just yet. Playing three-dimensional video games – besides being lots of fun – can boost the formation of memories, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists. Along with adding to the trove of research that shows these games can improve eye-hand coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer from dementia. Study results appear Dec. 9 in The Journal of Neuroscience. For their research, Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson of UCI’s Center for…


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