Mario Is Good For Your Brain
There are many people all across the world that were among the first generation to enjoy video games. The ones that played games on their own, before games were played online with people all over the world. When these individuals were growing up, they must have heard countless times that it would impair their vision. That video games were bad for them, amongst many other reasons. In some respects those people were correct. But, new research is contradicting many negative views, and its all down to a little plumber named Mario.
Mario and his brother Luigi are probably the best known video game characters ever. Almost everyone who has ever picked up a controller will have spent hours trying to save Princess Daisy, and collect coins. But Mario represents games in general, and it is these very games that are having some positive health benefits to those who include them as part of their day.
Video games increase the size of grey matter
The study into the effects gaming has on the brain was a joint project completed at the Max Planck Institution for Human Development, and the Charite University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus. In which it was found that playing computer games increases the size of the regions in the brain that are associated to spatial orientation, memory formation, strategy planning and fine motor skills.
The benefit of these games could have value towards the treatment of disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s, which have been seen to shrink certain regions of the brain. These are the areas that games such as Super Mario 64 have been shown to increase, and the game used for volunteers in the study. The study showed that playing the aforementioned game for just half an hour each day was all that was needed in order to increase the size of the right hippocampus, the right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum. Interestingly, the changes in the brain were the more noticeable in those individuals who had a greater desire to get stuck into playing the game.
So the next time someone pokes fun at your gaming habit, you can justify your time in an alternate world with research and fact.