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Laura Sanders article on Septembers issue of Nature reports cognitive improvements on seniors between ages 60 and 80 who played a video game called NeuroRacer The study showed that for just over 12 hours of gaming over a period of about a month seniors performed better than 20-year-olds who played the game for the first time The study also showed that the benefits remained for at least six monthsAs a long time gamer and a reader of neuroscience blogs I have read similar reports on scientific studies that relates to gaming While there are many studies conducted on cognitive functions gaming in particular I have yet to come across one that asserts conclusive evidence on positive effects of gaming to cognitive functions understandably so because neuroscience is a relatively young discipline in scientific studies Most of them however presented strong correlations between gaming and excellent cognitive performances Despite the challenges in just the past two decades we have gained a lot more understanding in neuroscience than we have in all the previous years combinedProgress in neuroscience is only limited by current hardware used in experiments Despite the prodigious breakthroughs in the computer field which contributed enormously to advances in neuroscience other areas of technology are not as fast with keeping up with the pace Studying the inner workings of the brain presents one of the most perplexing dilemmas in scientific research comparable to that of Astrophysics Why For instance there can be as many neural networks in the brain as there are stars in the universe If that is not interesting enough I dont know what isLaura Sanders 2013 September 4 News in Brief Video Game Sharpens Up Elderly Brains Science News Web Edition
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