Researchers developed the game known as Brain training app. Tested its effects on cognition and motivation in a small trial. And found that patients who played the game over a period of a month had around a 40 percent improvement in their memory scores.
Researchers from the Departments of Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cambridge developed ‘Game Show’, a memory game app. In collaboration with patients with aMCI, and tested its effects on cognition and motivation.
The player takes part in a game show to win gold coins. In each round, challenged to associate different geometric patterns with different locations. Each correct answer allows the player to earn more coins. Rounds continue up to completion otherwise six incorrect attempts are made.
Improved memory score by 40%
However, player gets better the higher number of geometric patterns display. This helps the difficulty of the game to the individual’s performance to keep them motivated and engaged. A game show host encourages the player to maintain and progress beyond their last played level.
The results showed that patients who played the game made around a third fewer errors, needed fewer trials and improved their memory score by around 40%, showing that they had correctly remembered the locations of more information at the first attempt on a test of episodic memory.
Episodic memory is important for day-to-day activities. Similarly, remembering where we left our keys in the house or where we parked our car in a multi-story car park. Compared to the control group, the cognitive training group also retained more complex visual information after training.
In addition, participants in cognitive training group enjoyed playing the game and motivated to continue playing across the eight hours of cognitive training. Their confidence and subjective memory also increased with gameplay. The researchers say that this demonstrates that games can help maximize engagement with cognitive training.