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According to a new study by the psychology department at the University of Illinois-Urbana, senior citizens should trade in their Bingo nights and fire up an RTS game instead. By doing so, over-60 seniors have a good chance of improving their cognitive functions.

The test consisted of 40 seniors playing Rise of Nations, a turn-based real-time strategy game with a heavy focus on building cities. Half of the test group received 23.5 hours of training in the game, while the other half did not. Each participant was assessed before and after playing on a variety of tests designed to "measure executive control functions," such as the ability to switch tasks, short-term memory, and other cognitive functions.

Senior gamers who underwent a training session were found to be "significantly better -- and faster -- at switching between tasks as compared to the comparison group" with no training. Working memory, short-term memory of visual cues, reasoning abilities, and the ability to identify rotated objects was also improved after playing Rise of Nations.

Now you know what to buy your grandparents for Christmas if you're having trouble coming up with a gift idea.
So now I can tell my grandparents that video games in fact do not rot your brain!
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I always found video games to be great for your brain. They force you to think...unlike TV. Great to have some studies to back that up....even if the sample size is so small.
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Finally some words of hope! Now i can play games all day, with my parents knowing i am exercising my brain!
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No wonder why my teams lately have been sucking at fast imping

They're seniors...
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As long as you play intelligent games and don't reproduce their violence(there's still mixed data on whether they make us more violent).
     
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I always found video games to be great for your brain. They force you to think...unlike TV. Great to have some studies to back that up....even if the sample size is so small.
Same here. Not all video games of course, but many of them.
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Forget the Wii, get Grandma a P4 1.6 and Starcraft!
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Forget the Wii, get Grandma a P4 1.6 and Starcraft!
A p4 for starcraft? lol you might as well save the money and get a P1-90MHz!!! That's all it needs anyway
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Half of the test group received 23.5 hours of training in the game, while the other half did not
I'm confused. If you train someone to play a specific game then of course they are going to excel compared to someone who has never played it before, this is dumb!

Or am I missing something?

THIS JUST IN: Drivers who have trained and actually passed their test are better drivers than those who have never drove before! NOWAI!
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The original "original" article is @ nih.gov

Took a few days for everyone else to copy them without giving credit
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