Video games can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

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Scientists from the University of Montreal published the results of their study regarding effectiveness of two different methods designed to keep the brain functionality of older people.

People aged 55 to 75 years were divided into three groups. The first group for the first time for myself studied the piano. The subjects of the second group played “Super Mario 64” and “Super Mario Galaxy”. And all this for at least 30 minutes each day for six months. The third group nothing worked.

After this, the researchers measured the levels of the gray matter of the subjects in their hippocampus, cerebellum, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

Those elderly people who did not perform any of the tasks, “showed significant loss of gray matter” in all three areas of the brain. Meanwhile, the band playing the piano and group playing video games, experienced a growth of gray matter in the cerebellum. Curiously, learning to play the piano showed significant benefits in relation to video games.

From all this, scientists have concluded that video games are good for the gray matter of older persons and to improve memory. The maintenance and growth of gray matter in the hippocampus may help to prevent mental disorders associated with memory loss (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease).

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