A new study from a team of neurobiologists at
University of California, Irvine reports that playing 3D games can improve
memory formation. The findings, according to the researchers, can be used to
help fight dementia and memory loss.
The researchers culled together a handful of
non-gaming college students and split them into two groups and had them play
video games for 30 minutes per day for two weeks. One group played a
two-dimensional game, Angry Birds, while the other played a more
involved, three-dimensional game, Super Mario 3D World.
Before and after the gaming period, the
researchers gave each student a memory test that engaged their brain’s
hippocampus, the area associated with learning and memory. By the end of the
test, those who played 3D games saw an improvement in their scores, while those
who played 2D games did not.