Regular exercise has been shown to improve the health of the brain associated with memory. But if you want a more pleasant way, you can combine sports with a three-dimensional game play.
Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) found that three-dimensional game play can help a person to remember things better.
This discovery is considered to be used to design new approaches in preventing or treating dementia and other memory loss diseases.
Professor Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson of central UCI neurobiology and memory parts have been testing students who are not actively playing the game to spend half an hour every day for two weeks playing video games.
Some participants were given two-dimensional game Angry Birds, while others play Super Mario 3D.
All participants receive a memory test before and after two weeks of video game "treatment" .
The researchers used scans to examine how the hippocampus, a brain region responsible for memory formation and learning, stimulated by the game.
The results showed differences between the two groups. Participants who play 3D video games have increased memory and learning ability after 2 weeks of playing video games. Meanwhile, the participants who play 2D games do not experience any changes.
According to Professor Stark, three-dimensional game has some things that are not owned 2D. First, they have more spatial information requires players to explore more. Secondly, they are much more complex, with a lot of information to be digested by the brain.
The researchers said the findings could help develop new ways to maintain the function of the hippocampus when someone is getting older.
They say, video-game or playing 3D maze in everyday life can be a method to restore cognitive abilities begin to fade with age.
"In other words, an active lifestyle can be a great way in preventing cognitive aging," said Professor Stark.