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access_time March 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM in Culture by Ryan Bates

Seniors Who Game Happier, Mentally Sharper

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Strago Magus, Nurse Edna Edison, and Cranky Kong are not exactly the brightest rays of sunshine. In fact, many old people you find in video games are a bit on the curmudgeonly side. However, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that seniors who play video games are not only happier, but also mentally sharper and overall age better.

Seniors who game, primarily playing casual games and motion-based games, demonstrated slower mental decline and increased levels of happiness, according to the survey published in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior.

Lucy Bustamante investigates further in a report from WVEC channel 13, found here.


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