Want to Slow Down Arthritis? Then Eat BroccoliAccording to new studies, deteriorating brain functions can be prevented by playing video games. Although not all video games fall under this category, evidences suggest that if the video game is carefully designed to meet certain standards, then they can probably improve our aging brain.

To be beneficial, a game has to be designed with a specific goal in mind (say, improving attention), meet certain criteria and be proven effective through research, said Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California-San Francisco, who led the new research.

“I don’t want people to conclude that videogames are some panacea for all that ails us,” he said in a telephone news conference.

But brain scans confirmed that the 16 older people who played the game for 12 hours at home on a laptop got better at multitasking, paying attention in dull situations and remembering things short-term.

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