Playing games improves memory
A number of studies have shown playing video games can lead to structural changes in the brain, including increasing the size of some regions, or to functional changes, such as activating areas responsible for attention or visual-spatial skills.
New research from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya has gone further, showing how cognitive changes can take place even years after people stop playing.
This is one of the conclusions of the article, published in "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience".
According to Marc Palaus, the author of the study, what most video games have in common are elements that make people want to continue playing, and that they gradually get harder and present a constant challenge.
"These two things are enough to make it an attractive and motivating activity, which, in turn, requires constant and intense use of our brain's resources. Video games are a perfect recipe for strengthening our cognitive skills, almost without our noticing," he said.