Scientists simply cannot agree whether or not video games will save you or kill you: some say it makes you distracted or competitive, others that it facilitates hand-eye coordination and brain energy.
New research from the Journal of Neuroscience shows another victory for video games – playing 3D games such as Super Mario 3D world boosted peoples’ memory by 12 percent over two weeks. That’s the very same amount it reportedly decreases between ages of 45 and 70.
As a major aspect of the study, neuroscientists at University of California, Irvine selected college understudies with no gaming background to play either Angry Birds (a 2D diversion on their mobiles) or Super Mario 3D World, which has an “unpredictable, 3D setting.” The understudies played for 30 minutes for each day more than two weeks.
“The 3D games have a couple of things the 2D ones don’t,” said Craig Stark, one of the creators of the study. “They have significantly more spatial data in there to investigate. Second, they’re significantly more unpredictable, with significantly more data to learn.”
Prior to this two week period, the students took a memory test including a progression of pictures of ordinary objects that had been categorized. After the computer game play, the test was given again yet with marginally adjusted pictures. Perceiving the pictures have been modified is something we are not good at, as we get older.
These students were 12 percent better.
Other researchers have also experimented with the effect of Super Mario on the brains and found a positive effect. For example, Professor Simone Kuhn of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, found that playing Super Mario for two months led to parts of the brains of volunteers actually grow in size – in particular areas associated with navigation and motor control.