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Study: Video game boosts seniors’ brain function

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While many families think video games are bad for their children’s brains but new research suggests older adults should take time to play a game or two.

A researcher at U.C. San Francisco has developed a 3D game for seniors that boosts their critical thinking, memory and attention.

After 12 hours of training, the 60 to 85-year-olds in the study performed better than 20-year-olds playing for the first time.

Experts say more research is needed to determine the specific brain changes that occur in older adults when they are forced to multi-task and maintain focus.