Playing ``rhythm games'' may improve short-term memory in the elderly

In the past, it was said that ``playing games makes you stupid'', but in recent years, ``

children who play games longer than average have higher intelligence '', ``gamers have better decision-making abilities '', and Research results have been reported that playing board games prevents cognitive decline . A new research team at the University of California, San Francisco reported that ``playing rhythm games improves short-term memory in the elderly''.

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Adam Gazzaley , a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, has been researching the effects of video games on brain function for the past decade and is the co-founder of Akili Interactive Labs, which develops therapeutic video games. In 2015, a study using a game called 'NeuroRacer' developed independently reported research results that the multitasking function and cognitive ability of the elderly who played the game were improved.

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A new research team led by Professor Gazzaley has developed a rhythm game called ' Rhythmicity ' in cooperation with Mr. Mickey Hart , who was a drummer in the 20th century super-popular rock band Grateful Dead .

Rhythmicity is a game that taps visual clues displayed on the screen of the tablet according to the background music. It is In addition, it is equipped with an algorithm that automatically adjusts the tempo, performance complexity, judgment accuracy, and difficulty according to the player's skill, and is designed so that 'it is too difficult to play' will not occur. .

In the experiment, 47 elderly people aged 60 to 74 were assigned to 'a group playing Rhythmicity' or 'a group playing a normal word search game' and played the game for 20 minutes a day, five days a week. I played it for 8 weeks. After an eight-week game session, the subjects were asked to identify faces they saw for the first time while measuring their brain waves.

Analysis revealed that subjects who played Rhythmicity had improved short-term memory in face recognition tasks, as well as increased activity in the superior parietal lobule associated with reading music and short-term visual memory. ``As hypothesized, only the rhythm game-playing group showed improved short-term memory in face recognition tasks, providing significant evidence that musical rhythm training improves performance in non-musical tasks,'' the researchers wrote in their paper. provided,” he said.

``Rhythmicity has a very strong memory training component and has been generalized to other forms of memory,'' said Theodore Zanto , associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, the lead author of the paper.

Gazzaley et al.'s research team has conducted research that the VR labyrinth exploration game 'Labyrinth' improves the long-term memory of the elderly, and the fitness training game 'Body-Brain Trainer' improves the blood pressure, balance ability, and attention of the elderly. We are announcing results one after another that games improve the mental and physical health of the elderly, such as research that improves.

“All of these games target cognitive control skills that are often lacking in older adults and critical to quality of life,” said Gazzaley. 'But we're using a completely different type of activity, and we've shown that all games can improve cognitive performance in older adults.'

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