School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Playing Starcraft can increase your cognitive abilities

22 August 2013

Real-time strategy games like StarCraft might not only increase a person's perceptual abilities, but also enhance their cognitive abilities, say researchers at Queen Mary and UCL. A study discovered that those who played StarCraft were quicker and more accurate in performing cognitive flexibility tasks than those who played The Sims. "[Playing a real-time strategy game] is training so many different aspects of cognition at once," says Dr Glass, lead author of the paper published in PLOS One. "[As a result] the brain is getting used to this rigorous mental exercise," allowing it to better perform in cognitive tasks.