Good news for those of you addicted to Candy Crush, Angry Birds and other video games — especially if you’re, ahem, a little older than the typical gamer. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco have discovered that video games may minimize the impact of aging on one’s brain.
During the month-long study, 46 participants, ranging between ages 60 and 85, engaged with a 3D video game called NeuroRacer. At the end of the study, participants had significantly improved their coordination skills and earned higher scores than untrained 20-year olds. Researchers determined that video games increased brain activity in such a way that the senior participants’ brains closely resembled that of younger individuals. Moreover, the study suggested that video games can notably alter brain plasticity.