Training our bodies to withstand even the most severe conditions, being very cautious of what we put in our bellies, and indulging in all sorts of fitness related activities – we are all obsessed with one thing or another. But have you ever been concerned about the unused muscles rotting in our brains, deteriorating with every passing second? See, we have all been spoon-fed a lie, sort of: any activity which revolves around the idea of sitting down and staring at the computer screen, can and will lead to no good.
As it turns out there’s a video game that can help condition your brain and lower your chances of falling victim to mental disorders and diseases like Alzheimer’s. This game, by the name of ‘Speed-of-Processing Task’, is one of three types of cognitive trainings that 2,800 people took part in during the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), a study funded by National Institute of Health.
The participants were divided into four groups: one played the Speed-of-Processing game, the two other groups took a memory or reasoning class, and the last group did nothing (control).The memory classes taught memorization techniques such as ‘methods of loci’.
Using the wealth of data, gathered from the ACTIVE study, a research team led by Jerri Edwards at the University of South Florida, revealed their findings which showed that the group that completed 10 to 14 hours of the Speed-of-Processing games had 48% reduced risks of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, compared to those who received no brain training at all.
In conclusion, anyone who has seen Christopher Nolan’s jewel of a movie ‘Memento’ knows exactly how devastating and meaningless these mental diseases really are where life serves no purpose and every day is literally a mystery and so is your identity.