Most Active Stories
- Four Concerts Scheduled In Expanded, Larger Back Porch Music Series In Durham
- Duke Professor Carries On Tradition Of Black Radical Poetry
- First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In
- As Costa Concordia Sank, Newlyweds Allowed Others To Take Life Boats First
- Why Do Political Activists Burn Out?
Hosts, Reporters and Producers
Science & Technology
Wed March 6, 2013
Older Gamers, Play On
Researchers at N.C. State say playing video games might have positive psychological effects later in life. A report released this week says a study of people who were 63 or older found those who play video or computer games at least occasionally reported more positive emotions in a mental health survey than those who don't.
"There's a whole gaming industry that's focused on the 12-year-old to 21-year-old demographic," says Dr. Jason Allaire, lead author of the study.
"And really there is a huge up-and-coming proportion of the population in the Baby Boomers that have played games, do play games and are going to be wanting to purchase these games."
Allaire says his team needs to conduct more research to determine if video games actually improve mental health. He says N.C. State is working with Georgia Tech to develop a game specifically designed to improve cognitive functioning.
The State of Things