Would you like to have a fine mental status? Puzzle games such as Cut the Rope could be your starting point towards achieving exactly that. Research shows.
A recent study that Nanyang Technological University scientists conducted indicted that the adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game Cut the Rope often, even for just an hour a day, improve their executive functions.
Your brains executive functions are vital for decision making in your everyday life when there is a sudden change in the environment. This is referred to as thinking on your feet.
The video game study by Assistant Professor Michael D. Patterson and his PhD student Mr Adam Oei, tested four different games for the mobile platform, as their previous research had shown that different games trained different skills.
Professor Patterson added the reason for Cut the Rope having such an impact on someone’s executive abilities could be probably due to its unique pattern. Strategies used in an earlier level would not be used in the next level. This is different as compared to most video games in which the same techniques are used throughout.
“In future, with more studies, we will be able to know what type of games improves specific abilities, and prescribe games that will benefit people aside from just being entertainment.”
The other findings from the study are that adults who played action games had the ability to track several objects at a time. Such skills would be useful when it comes to driving.