In a recent study by North Carolina State University’s Gains Through Gaming lab tested 39 elderly and their engagement of playing World of Warcraft. They were all tested on their cognitive function before and after the study. About half of the participants played World of Warcraft and the other half did not. They found that the seniors that played World of Warcraft showed improvement in spatial ability, memory and attention.
As stated in CBSnews.com “We chose World of Warcraft because it has attributes we felt may produce benefits – it is a cognitively challenging game in a socially interactive environment that presents users with novel situations,” McLaughlin explained. This is the first study to link role-playing games and our seniors’ cognition. Check out more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57387802-10391704/world-of-warcraft-may-boost-seniors-cognitive-ability-study/
What do you think about using role-playing computer games with our senior population?
What are some of your seniors’ favorite games to play on the computer?