Will playing a video game improve cognition in normal older adults? In some ways, yes, according to Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of California,
San Francisco. They reported in a Sept. 5 paper in Nature that there were improvements in attention, working memory, cognitive control, and multitasking in 16 older adults ages 60-85
who played a simulated driving game called NeuroRacer for a total of 12 hours over four weeks. In this video, Dr. Gazzaley and a coauthor Joaquin Anguera, PhD, describe
their findings as study participants play the game
using a joystick to guide a car on the computer
screen along a winding road while responding to
a variety of road signs.