Descend Into an Online World of Myth, Magic, and Limitless Adventure While at the Same Time Boosting Your Cognitive Functioning

Worried you’re going to retire and have nothing to do?  Perhaps you can pull yourself up to the computer and whittle away the hours…

Researchers from North Carolina State University’s Gains Through Gaming laboratory have found that playing the massive multiplayer online video game World of Warcraft (WoW) appeared to boost cognitive functioning in older adults. The researchers hypothesized that playing a cognitively complex game such as WoW, which requires multitasking and extensive use of a number of cognitive skills such as map reading, planning and tracking of multiple status indicators, could boost the cognitive performance of the elderly.

My mom spent the last six years of her life in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.  It seems that the inhabitants, including my mom, spent most of their time sitting around and staring into space or sleeping.  It makes sense that it would be more productive and beneficial for them to be engaging in an activity in which they have think and plan.  Although, I am left to ponder, do I really want grandma to be “witnessing zeppelins flying over smoldering battlefields, facing the mighty Dragon of Blackrock Spire, and cleansing the undead from the looming ziggurats of Stratholme?”

 

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