Video Games May Be the ‘Apple a Day’ for Keeping Alzheimer’s at Bay

Video Games May Be the ‘Apple a Day’ for Keeping Alzheimer’s at Bay
DKR Fund 2014 grant recipient Dr. Chandramalika Basak, of the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) at the University of Texas at Dallas, has discovered through her studies that playing video games can have a positive effect on cognitive abilities, brain structure, and brain function. The research was funded by the grant from the Darrell K Royal Research Fund, which annually provides funding grants to five Texas-based researchers dedicated to increasing understanding of and finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Basak, last year's recipient, used her grant to continue to study the positive effects that video games have on cognitive abilities, brain structure and brain function. Over the past several years, she and her research colleagues have discovered that playing both action and strategy games keeps the mind sharp and greatly enhances one's learning and memory skills. Strategy game training, in particular, can reduce cognitive skill impairment in such areas as multitasking, immediate memory, and reasoning. Study participants provided by investigators with optimal strategies to improve game learning showed greater functional connectivity. BasekCscan"Video games are a tool to exercise your cognitive skills in an engaging manner. Because video games are so enjoyable, many subjects do not even realize how much time they were spendi
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