Multitasking Video Game Improves Cognition in 79-year-olds!

My first article for Psychology In Action ūüėÄ “Multitasking Video Game Improves Cognition in 79-year-olds!” re NeuroRacer.

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Today,¬†Nature¬†published¬†evidence that training on¬†a multitasking video game improved older adults’ cognitive¬†ability beyond the scope of the game to untrained aspects of cognition.

The article featured a four-year research led by Drs. Adam Gazzaley and Joaquin Anguera in UCSF. They utilised a relatively simple video game, NeuroRacer to train older adults on multitasking. NeuroRacer requires participants to drive a cartoon car, and to respond to relevant signs as they appear: simulating a day-to-day scenario of driving and responding to traffic signals or street signs.

A long-lasting plight for cognitive ageing scientists has been the lack of “Transfer” in training tools. That is, training can reliably¬†improve older adults’ performance on the tasks they are trained on; sometimes they even exceed their younger counterparts. However, these changes all too often do not transfer to other tasks that utilise different aspects of cognition (“Cognitive Domains”).

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