Research from the University of California, Irvine throws light on the role of video games in life long learning
While typically gaming research has focused our attention on the impact on a predominantly young gamer demographic, the UC Irvine study looks at the potential for 3D gaming to help stem the cognitive decline in later years. This creates an interesting link to life long learning and the implications for the quality of life for a rapidly ageing population across the developed world.
In summary: “Students playing the 3-D video game improved their scores on the memory test, while the 2-D gamers did not. The boost was not small either. Memory performance increased by about 12 percent, the same amount it normally decreases between the ages of 45 and 70”.