Video Game Training Improves Cognitive Control in Older Adults

September 25, 2013

Researchers found that seniors who play a 3-D video game improve their ability to sustain focus and multitask successfully. The results highlight the potential of the aging brain to improve certain skills.

A team led by Drs. Joaquin A. Anguera and Adam Gazzaley from the University of California, San Francisco, examined the ability of seniors to multitask and improve their cognitive control--the ability to interact with a complex environment to accomplish a goal. The study, funded in part by NIH's National Institute on Aging (NIA), appeared on September 5, 2013, in Nature. Read more about this study in Research Matters.

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