Video Games – A Cure For Aging?

Can video games help stave off old age? Millions of Japanese believe so. “Players have to complete puzzles as quickly and accurately as possible, including reading literary classics aloud, doing simple arithmetic, drawing, and responding rapidly to deceptively easy teasers using voice-recognition software. The player’s “brain age” is then determined. A physically fit, yet cerebrally past-it 30-year-old might be told after his first few attempts that his brain is into its 50s; a retired woman could, over time, end up with a brain age 20 years her junior. The challenge, to reduce one’s brain age, is proving addictive among Japan’s baby boomers.”