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August 20, 2019 Tuesday 11:27:48 AM IST

Online Brain Games Help in Multi-Tasking at Old Age

Photo by Alessandro  Squassoni

Online brain games are not only useful for the young but it can help people in the 70's and 80's to do multi-tasking as much as those in the early 20's , according to a study done by University of California, Irvine (UCI).
Our brain can be trained to improve performance even at an old age using gaming even at an old age, according to Mark Steyvers, a UCI professor. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, underscore the cognitive cost of multitasking,which dilutes function by splitting focus, as well as the ways in which people across the lifespan can overcome the brain drain brought on by both the increasingly cluttered multimedia environment and the natural aging process.
In an analysis of 1000 users who played online games between 2012 and 2017 in the age group of 20-80, it was found that older players were able to match or exceed the performance of the youngsters. The players in 21-30 age group had declining performances after 10 practice sessions. 
The human lifespan have increased due to technological and medical advances. Hence, it is important that their cognitive functioning is also healthy till old age and hence the importance of such gaming techniques.


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