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According to Science The Importance of ‘Brain Games’


Oct 22, 2017 #digital, #education

‘Brain games’ refer to an eclectic mix of problem-solving and memory puzzles in many forms. You can pick up a newspaper and complete the daily crossword or word search; you can purchase a Sudoku book or answer riddles, and you can even play games online or on electronic devices. On the surface, these ‘brain games’ provide us with hours of entertainment. However, have you stopped to think about the significance of indulging in these ‘brain games’? Here’s, according to science, the benefits of exercising your mind.

Improved Cognitive Function

‘Brain games,’ as previously mentioned, take many appearances. However, regardless of the approach you take, one element is the same – you will improve your cognitive function, neuron development, and reduce the ageing process of your brain. While some ‘brain teasers’ can offer differing benefits, for example, crosswords may help develop your vocabulary and trivia while Sudoku can help you associate numerical patterns and the art of deduction, both will improve concentration, advance memory and CPU, and increase your growth of neurons.

Controlled tests have also shown that those who play video games, such as first person shooters, were faster, more accurate, and more able to process visuals quicker than those who don’t play such games. Additionally, the results were similar to those who participated in formal courses designed to teach similar special skills. Other benefits include problem-solving skills through trial-and-error games, creativity through interactive games, and larger brain volume and better cognitive scores when playing card games, whether in person or through an online platform like SportPesa Casino Games.

Reduce Stress

Your stress levels depend on the game in question; for example, if you’re playing a horror video game, your heart rate is going to be more stressed and active than sitting down and figuring out a riddle. However, studies have tracked the results that certain ‘brain games’ reduce adrenaline and can be soothing due to their rhythm and familiarity.

One study discovered that players who play either competitive or cooperative games had different stress levels from when they started playing, and after completing the game in question. Results showed that stress levels decreased, and that they had a positive experience.

New Social Connections

‘Brain teasers’ don’t have to be solo adventures. In fact, technology has allowed people across the world to interact with one another through internet, social media platforms and apps. For example, you can challenge your friend to a game of crossword or word search through mobile devices – both smartphones and tablets. Nowadays, over 70% of gamers play with friends, whether it’s competitively or cooperatively, and games can be the catalyst to gathering friends together.

Can Help Those with Autism or Dyslexia

For those with autism, engaging with their peers can be difficult. Therefore, ‘brain games’ that incorporate the entire body, whether it’s roleplay or through VR, have been shown to successfully involve people with autism, and improve their communication skills. Furthermore, ‘brain teasers’ can help dyslexic individuals, by improving their concentration levels – one of the key components of dyslexia. The clues found on crosswords, and writing in the answers, can help with reading, writing and spelling, and by playing video games with medium to heavy dialogue, they can improve their reading comprehension with helpful images.

By Emily