Why Some Video Games Are Good For Your Brain

If you’re wondering where you put your keys again, it might be time to dust off the video game console. Neurobiologists at the University of California, Irvine have found new evidence that some video games can improve memory. But players have to pick their favorites wisely if they want to increase their brainpower. Not all video games are created equal, it turns out. In the study, published Tuesday in The Journal of Neuroscience, some college students played the more passive, 2-D “Angry Birds” game, while others played “Super Mario 3-D World.” At the end of two weeks, Angry Birds players showed no memory gains while the Super Mario players improved their memory recall by about 12%. The gains are a significant improvement that show that video games can be a…


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