According to a new study by the Department of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, cognitive and memory decline is part of the aging process. However, playing games can help adults (regardless of age) improve their hippocampal memory.

previous studies have found that changing living environment can have a positive impact on animals with age-related cognitive decline. The “rich environment” mentioned in the “modern environment” can also replace the “active environment” of the “open world”. The immersive games, especially the open world games with rich in-game environment, can help adults cope with the decline of cognitive ability for a long time.

the way that games fight against memory loss is different in different age groups. Young people can improve their memory by playing immersive open world games, while older people can improve their hippocampal memory by playing four weeks (28 days or a month). After the first month, these memory improvements can last up to another month. Therefore, the University of California study focuses on how immersive open world games can intervene in age-related cognitive decline.

in addition, another new study suggests that games are not addictive in themselves. However, the widely reported (or wrongly reported) game addiction stems from three important factors: the player’s age, impulsivity, and time spent playing. Research shows that younger players play longer and have a higher probability of problems. The study concluded that the concept of play that leads to addiction may be wrong, so other factors must be considered. Skip to content