Go ahead and play your favorite addictive smartphone gaming apps — chances are they’re good for your brain.
A new study from the Archives of Neurology says playing brain stimulating games can improve your memory and delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Traditional brain games are scientifically designed to boost cognitive activity and enhance memory.
The market for mobile brain gaming apps is booming. Lumosity, one of the top creators of brain-training exercises and applications for web and mobile, raised $32.5 million for its brain training apps in 2011.
But scientist are finding that many games requiring focus — including Angry Birds — give the brain a healthy workout. Scientists say playing games, reading and writing all slow the growth of amyloid, the brain protein scientists think might cause the memory loss disease.
The Alzhemier’s Association told reported that the study “contains some valuable new data regarding the possible relationship between modifiable lifestyle risk factors and the brain changes that are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease.”
One hundred-year-old Kathleen Connell of the UK is the perfect example of a gamer who spends a couple hours per day playing brain games on her Nintendo DS to keep her mind young. A few of Connell’s favorite Nintendo DS games include Art Academy, Brain Trainer, Scrabble and Family Fortunes, she told The Sun. Brain Trainer calculated Connell’s mental age at 64.
Personally, I am not a fan of Angry Birds. I downloaded it on my iPhone and played a few minutes before removing it. My personal brain training game is called World’s Hardest Game. It’s a series of mini games that test your reaction time, concentration, and much more. It’s a lot of fun and definitely keeps the mind sharp. I’m also addicted to Family Feud. It’s a lot of fun and is something you can play with your friends.
If the study is true, everyone at any age should play brain games to stay sharp.
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