Science has given us many invaluable things: The internet, space travel, those little dinosaur toys that grow when you add water and now, the ultimate comeback for people who tell you video games are a waste of time.
According to new research out of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus, video games have to potential to cause your brain to actually grow.
23 adults were asked to play Super Mario 64 for at least 30 minutes a day, every day over the course of 2 months. When compared to the control group, the ‘gamers’ showed “significant” growth in the grey matter that correlates to brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning.
Senior Scientist Simone Kühn says that “the present study can demonstrate the demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase. This proves that specific brain regions can be trained by means of video games.”
Not only does this validate all my years of button mashing as “brain training”, but researchers believe it could also have practical applications, such as helping in the treatment of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders like schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. SCIENCE.