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LOTS OF MSers NEED HELP WITH COGNITION: VIDEO GAME TRAINING CAN BOOST COGNITION

       NeuroRacer Game

A study that was published this week showed that after 12 hours of training, the players improved so much that they could beat people in their 20s who were trying the game for the first time.

A car-racing game played for 12 hours helped players improve their memory and attention span, and the effects lasted for six months, according to newly published research.
The NeuroRacer game involves 2 tasks: (1) driving a car using a joystick to keep it in the center of the road and prevent it from going too fast or too slow (visuomotor tracking) and (2) pushing a button only when a certain sign with a green circle pops up (perceptual discrimination ability). Doing each task separately is single tasking; doing the 2 tasks together is multitasking.

In the study, the video-game players raced a car resembling a Volkswagen Beetle around a grey, yellow and red track surrounded by green hills. Road signs resembling rear-view mirrors would pop up in the middle of the screen, displaying different shapes and colors. Participants were expected to press a button when a sign of a specific shape and colour appeared


Challenging yourself with new situations is needed for maintaining your brain," Carrillo said. "The healthier our brain is, the more we can withstand cognitive aging."

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