Games That Boost Memory Skills & Cognitive Fitness

Video games that improve memory

When you play games that boost your memory, fun and productivity are what follows!

Today we are all taking to working out physically to stay in the pink of fitness. But we tend to totally lose out on our deteriorating mental fitness. Cognitive health and memory sharpening require a fair amount of our attention.

Keep your blood clean, your body lean and your mind sharp!

Henry Rollins

To tame this stumbling block, we have compiled a list of games that will help enhance your mental functioning and boost your memory.
The best part of this is that it will feel less like an exercise and more like a recreational activity!

Here goes,

Strategy Video Games

These games don’t just improve your cognitive functioning but also help to increase your motor coordination. These are real-time science fiction games that allow the user to control the fate of the character that they use in the game.

Video games that boost memory

A study has found that playing strategy games like StarCraft can increase a player’s brain flexibility, which refers to the ability to allocate the brain’s resources under changing circumstances. Brain flexibility has often been referred to as the cornerstone of human intelligence.

Since these games also include new technologies and continually emerging features/ammunition, it also needs the player to discover the usage of these and remember the functions of every feature whilst being sharp enough to employ them when they are needed.

Examples- StarCraft, XCom Enemy Unknown, and Civilization

It’s a win-win. Better memory and game time. Perfect for teens, and for adults!

Related Reads: 7 Activities to Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills and Cognitive Development.

Action Role Playing games

Video games that boost memory

These games require the user to be a first-person action executer- like shooting, driving and so on. What this ensures is that hand-eye coordination and motor skills are sharpened.

It also makes the mind work in close coordination with physical reflexes. These are also of multi-player type which could make it a group activity, thus boosting engagement levels of the user.

Additionally, expert action gamers who play first-person shooting games have observed a boost in their contrast sensitivity function, or the ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of an image.

Contrast sensitivity is the first of the visual aptitudes to diminish over time, which results in the loss of the ability to pick out bright patches (which is key to tasks like driving at night).

Examples- Witcher, Diablo and Battlefield 4

These games again are suitable for everyone above the age of thirteen.

The One True Way To Make Learning Fun For Your Child

Fun? What’s that?

After a  long day at work, you come back home exhausted and you just want to sleep. But then you remember that your little one has his homework to do.

With the diminishing energy that you have, you sit with him to do his homework, only to see him apathetic and unresponsive to your attempts at making him study!

Well, if this is the case, then I can assure you, you’re not alone.

The Plague

Education in India is continually found guilty of being mundane and pro-rote methods. We can definitely empathise with our kids on this one, as we ourselves have been victims of this education system. 

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Make learning fun for children

The one thing our kids focus on while they sit there “ardently” studying is, when they can go back to play

We have always categorised School and games as mutually exclusive. But, can there be a fun way to integrate the two and give our children the fun they seek, whilst giving them the knowledge that they require? 

The Trick

Yes, the very scarce, yet obvious solution to this would be to integrate the polar opposites of fun and education.

According to a report by Jessica Sanders in her Market Analysis blog, 70% of teachers have seen that implementing games in their teaching aids increases the response they get from students, yet only 18% of them are implementing them.

This is the reason why ThinkTac has come up with a range of fun and games to redefine how schools teach in India.

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Benefits of the Integration

I can assure you that the benefits to this integration are endless but here are my top few:

  1. Deep-rooted understanding: When youngsters play a game, they tend to go through the instructions and technicalities more carefully. As they are aware that these need to be recalled at a point later in the game. The perks of knowing the terms and complex jargon are more exciting in a game vs. a mundane Monday morning lesson.
  2. Dealing with Failure:  Games transform the discomfort and mental hurdle that ‘failure’ can create and turns it into an opportunity to master the task at hand.
  3. Increasing the attention span: With the advent of smartphones, the attention span of the younger generation has been on a big decline. With the focus needed in video games, your kid can now have a platform to work on the dearth of his concentration. 
  4. Less to worry: Going back to the point of you coming back exhausted from work, you can now be rest assured that your child is studying wisely and you can finally sleep peacefully!

At this note, I shall leave you with some food for thought. 

When we make play the foundation of learning, we teach the Whole Child.

Vince Gowmon

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