How Playing Video Games Is Actually Good For You

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Puzzle games make you think, and research shows they can help keep your mind sharp if you play them consistently.

In 2013, The Huffington Post reported on a University of Iowa study of 681 healthy individuals, ages 50 and older. Some of the subjects frequently played a video game designed to improve mental processing, while the others did not. The results? The ones playing the video game were able to slow and delay the typical decline in cognitive speed and abilities by as much as six years. Put simply, playing the right types of video games can help keep your brain in shape.

Here's what one of the study's lead authors had to say about the findings: "We've shown that 10 hours is enough to slow the decline by several years. We saw a range across all our tests from a minimum of a year-and-a-half all the way up to about six-and-a-half years of recovery or improvement. From just 10 to 14 hours of training, that's quite a lot of improvement."

Even if you're not playing this specially designed game, pretty much any video game can help. Jason Allaire, an associate professor in the department of psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, noted most games are complex enough that they'll push your brain and help stimulate those processing centers. So feel free to hook your grandpa up to World of Warcraft. He'll thank you.

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