Play some video games, it’s good for your brain!

Imagine that you leave the doctor’s office with a prescription for you not drugs but parts of video games. Many teenagers have dreamed, and through science, this could well become a reality soon.

To believe a new study published in the scientific journal The Journal of Neuroscience , playing video games in three dimensions, like Super Mario 3D on Nintendo Wii U console, could improve the storage capacity, and as early as two weeks.

Super Mario 3D World Vs. Angry Birds

In reaching this conclusion, Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson, two researchers of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine (United States ), asked students “non gamers” playing guinea pigs to conduct an experiment

Scientists have made the play two video games for two weeks. 2D one (in this case Angry Birds) and the other in 3D (Super Mario 3D World). Their conclusion? “The environment in 3D Mario stimulates the brain more,” the statement said. The environment in two dimensions Angry Birds have meanwhile less effect because of its more basic gameplay.

memory tests before and after

To assess the impact, participants underwent tests of memory pushed before and after their session. The tests were designed to stimulate the guinea pigs in their hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with memory. To do so, the participants had to memorize a series of objects, very slightly different from each other. Which would have the effect of activating the hippocampus.

Following these tests, the two researchers found that students who played Super Mario 3D World increased by 12% their memory skills . This is much more than Angry Birds.

The 3D virtual environment stimulates more

Video games, a true remedy against brain decline? “It is often said that an active lifestyle promotes slowing of cognitive decline,” notes Craig Stark, one of the researchers. Video games in three dimensions do seem to participate.

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