A new study conducted the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus shows that playing video games can significantly increase the size of a person’s brain. The right hippocampal formation, right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and bilateral cerebellum, which are areas of a person’s brain that govern spatial navigation, strategic planning, memory, and motor skills, all experienced notable increase in size when subjects played Super Mario 64 for at least one half hour per day over a period of two months.
The researchers also stated that this study may indicate that gaming can help patients of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, which has negative effects on the brain that cause it to shrink. It seems Nintendo is everywhere in the medical community these days, as the exciting results of this new study come not long after researchers at Cornwall showed that playing Wii can rehabilitate stroke patients. Here is what Simone Kuhn, leader of the study at the Max Planck Institute, had to say about the findings about the brain:
“While previous studies have shown differences in brain structure of video gamers, the present study can 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.”