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A specially designed video game, called NeuroRacer, isn’t just for fun, although scientists believe that’s one of its key ingredients.
Researchers say this game may help enhance certain cognitive abilities in older adults, such as multitasking and attention span. Results from a study on the game’s effects were published today in the journal Nature.
We know that older adults experience declines in cognitive control abilities, including a decrease in sustained attention and working memory.
Previous research has also shown that older adults often experience difficulties in responding to interference – i.e. distractions from irrelevant information or multitasking attempts, said senior study author Adam Gazzaley, professor of neurology and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California, San Francisco.
An ongoing trend in dementia research is the emphasis on an active lifestyle to prevent or delay memory loss. A study of Swedish twins, for instance, suggests that women who participate in intellectual and cultural activities may have a lower dementia risk. Exercise at midlife for both sexes has also been found to be protective against dementia.
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