UMass researcher: Video game improves cognitive skills

Bejeweled Blitz

According to a recent study conducted by PopGames and a University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher, playing the video game Bejeweled Blitz makes people smarter.

UMass researcher Susan K. Whitbourne, Ph.D., revealed the results of a survey that studied 10,000 U.S. adults after playing the addictive puzzle game.

The study used Bejeweled Blitz as a cognitive training tool for older adults.

PopCap Games, the creator of Bejeweled, was a survey underwriter for the study.

According to Whitbourne, 47% of adults over 50  who played Bejeweled Blitz regularly, said they felt “sharper” when performing other tasks.

Similarly, 23.9% of adults over 65 felt their ability to see patterns improved after playing the puzzle game.

According to her study, cognitive tasks used while playing Bejeweled Blitz require “rapid decision-making, conjunctive visual search skills and reaction time.”

The survey is the first in a series to examine the cognitive value of videogame play on an older audience, according to the report. 



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