Silver Gamers Enjoy Playing Brain-Training Games More Than Adolescents

Just given birth to a journal paper publication about silver gamers. For all my press friends out there, the (immediate) release goes like this:

Solving arithmetic challenges is more efficient and effective with pen and paper, but brain training with video games is more exciting and may be connected to positive feelings for elderly gamers, according to a study to be published in the forthcoming issue of the journal CyberPsychology & Behavior.

A research team from the Blekinge Institute of Technology surveyed people aged above 65 years, when playing an arithmetic brain training game on paper and on a Nintendo DS portable gaming console and recorded the time it took them to complete the game and the errors they produced. They uncovered a positive relation between playing with the portable console and the fun this age group reported. To ensure that these effects were genuine to older gamers, they gathered and compared results from a control group of adolescents.

“It was quite surprising that we found an association of the game condition with positive feelings for the elderly but arbitrarily with negative feelings for the young,” says main investigator Lennart Nacke, who is currently completing his doctoral degree at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. The research implies that elderly might indeed appreciate the logic-training puzzles of brain training games for their mental benefit than younger gamers.

Journal reference

Lennart E. Nacke, Anne Nacke, Craig A. Lindley. Brain Training for Silver Gamers: Effects of Age and Game Form on Effectiveness, Efficiency, Self-Assessment, and Gameplay Experience. CyberPsychology & Behavior. -Not available-, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/cpb.2009.0013.

Related Links


One thought on “Silver Gamers Enjoy Playing Brain-Training Games More Than Adolescents

  1. Pingback: Making Games Accessible for Everyone « The Acagamic

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.