Playing 3-D Video Games could strengthen memory function: Study

Playing 3-D Video Games could strengthen memory function: Study

Easiest way to boost memory capabilities is to play 3D games, finds a study by the University Of California Irvine (UCI). People who indulge in 3D video games also have better hand-eye coordination and reaction time.

An experiment was carried out in which college students, who were non-gamers, were asked to play games. They played a wide range of games including passive video games, two-dimensional and complex 3-D games. The volunteers were asked to play video game for 30 minutes a day for two weeks. A memory test was taken by the volunteers both the times, before and after the two weeks of video gaming that involved the brain’s hippocampus.

The researchers found that those who have played 3D video games have improved their scores on memory tests. But those who played 2D and passive type of video games did not have any improvement in memory development.

The volunteers were also given a series of pictures of everyday objects to study. They were then shown images of same objects, new ones and others having little differences from each other and were asked to categorize them. Recognition of the slightly changed images required the hippocampus.

The memory performance has improved significantly among those who played 3D video games. A rise by around 12% was witnessed in the memory capability of the 3D players. “First, the 3-D games have a few things the 2-D ones do not. They've got a lot more spatial information in there to explore. Second, they're much more complex, with a lot more information to learn”, affirmed researcher Craig Stark.

The study researchers have affirmed that this kind of learning and memory requires the involvement of hippocampus. The research findings published in the journal Neuroscience can prove extremely beneficial for those having dementia and other memory loss ailments.