Schizophrenia is something I sometimes worry about myself. It is more likely to affect males than females, and it typically shows its first signs during the late teens to mid-twenties. In other words, I sometimes neurotically think that I could end up schizophrenic tomorrow. And the worst part? I probably wouldn't even realize it.
Luckily, some new research has shown that brain training video games can help to ease certain symptoms in schizophrenics, namely attention and memory deficits, and perhaps more importantly, distortion or complete lack of inhibition. Indeed, this could possibly be the first real tenable study that demonstrates a possibility that playing a video can help to prevent
The study, done at UC San Francisco, involved one group of schizophrenia sufferers to play a brain training game (one developed specifically for research purposes rather than commercially, it seems), while another group played unspecified "ordinary video games," after which both groups were tested with several different cognitive tasks. The test group scored better than the control group on the aforementioned functions, though they showed no statistically significant difference in speed of mental processing or verbal working memory.
Have you written off these brain training games as being a neat little novelty with little real life use? I know I had. Now, though, I may fire up Brain Age
again and get into the habit of playing it daily. You know, just in case I become schizophrenic.
[Via Scientific American