Parents Video Games make you smarter.
However, not all games are created equal when it comes to improving cognitive IQ. So, if you’re looking to get a head start while playing at home or at work or in between, here are some games that have been shown to improve cognitive skills in five key areas.
Massive Multiplayer Online RPGs (MMORPGs) aren’t just hack and slash experiences. They are also social microcosms where players are forced to interact and coordinate with other players to achieve their goals. Certainly, social skill measurements (via Bryant and Trower’s Social Situations Questionnaire) have improved among players of MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft, one of the most popular online games in the world.
TO IMPROVE CREATIVITY…PLAY: The Sims 4
TO IMPROVE ANXIETY…PLAY: Bejeweled 3
Not every game that improves cognition requires machine guns or laser pistols. Puzzle-based video games, such as Bejeweled 3, that have simple interfaces, are easy to learn, and involve only a few minutes of play at a time have been shown to reduce stress. A decrease in cortisol can in turn improve mood and even reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression.