Can Games Help Improve Memory?
Several video game and software manufacturers have released memory improvement games that are aimed at improving memory and cognitive function. However, as with any other product that’s being advertised, it’s only natural to wonder if the advertised claims are true, and whether these games actually work. The short answer is “yes” – memory training through games does work.
The human brain works in a somewhat complicated manner, but at its simplest terms, it comes down to this: you either use it or lose it. For instance, if you go for a long time without practicing your addition skills, the next time you attempt to add figures, it will seem much harder. The principle behind memory games is that if you keep your brain active, recalling information will be easy. Performing everyday tasks doesn’t keep your brain active because only a few parts of your brain are strengthened. For instance, being a cab driver mainly exercises the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for sense of direction.
Research shows that memory games have the ability to delay memory loss even in old age. This is due a certain special characteristic of the brain which is known as “neuroplasticity.” Neuroplasticity simply refers to the ability of the brain to build new brain neurons as a result of brain training. This proves that even if you weren’t born with a good memory, you can easily improve your memory through the use of memory training games. In fact, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other degenerative disorders is greatly reduced by this exercise.
In order to enjoy the full benefit of memory training, you need to ensure that you are using the right games. Such games are available online and also as part of comprehensive memory improvement programs. Needless to say, a comprehensive memory improvement program is a lot more beneficial than a stand-alone game. It should be scientifically designed to target over 8 different areas of the brain, improving all aspects of memory including spatial memory, sense of direction, and memory for names and faces.
While memory improvement games do boost memory, you need to play these games for at least 10 minutes each day in order to keep your brain alert. Initially it will take about 2 weeks for you to notice a significant change in your memory. However, this is not to say that you should stop training after the first two weeks. You have to keep training your memory because as soon as you stop training your memory will start to deteriorate again, just as your muscles lose their shape when you stop exercising. Keep your brain in top shape with memory games and software, and you’ll stay fit for a long time.
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ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of www.study-habits.com, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.