Singapore : Want to improve your mental fitness? Playing a puzzle game may help, reports PTI.
Researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have found that adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game Cut the Rope regularly, for as little as an hour a day, had improved executive functions. The executive functions in the brain are important for making decisions in everyday life when we have to deal with sudden changes in our environment.
The video game study by Assistant Professor Michael D Patterson and his PhD student Adam Oei, tested four different games, as their previous research had shown that different games trained different skills.
The games varied in their genres, which included a first person shooter (Modern Combat); arcade (Fruit Ninja); real-time strategy (StarFront Collision); and a complex puzzle (Cut the Rope). NTU undergraduates, who were non-gamers, were then selected to play an hour a day, 5 days a week. This video game training lasted for 4 weeks, a total of 20 hours.
Patterson said students who played Cut the Rope, showed significant improvement on executive function tasks while no significant improvements were observed in those playing the other three games.