I read an article on the subject ASAP tackles here that concluded the fast 3D FPS-style games with many crucial details required to complete a mission, raised activity in several brain regions, and ultimately, -intelligence.
Probably around the publish-date of this one by WSJ about the UMich Study.
–This was especially true for the type of player that got good at finding all the hidden bonuses.
IGN has their own great 5-point List of Gaming Benefits here.
The dearly-departed G4TV has their own curated set of games they think might build more neurons than the others over here.
And if you want to absolutely bash your memory-skills right in the yarbles, try SoakYourHead’s Dual N-Back Training right here. (note: they don’t really let you control the speed that well; -it’s hard at first.)
You can imagine the folks at Lumosity are just chuffed-to-bits every time one of these studies comes out. Game On!
Check out the Links for more details and a few gaming ideas to build up your own brain:
ASAP Science, Can Video Games Make You Smarter?
Video Games Live headphone alien, by VGL, photo by, Ashley Burton
• Source: ASAP Science
• via: LifeHacker and Quartz
• More Coverage: WSJ-UMich Games Study | IGN-5 Reasons Games Are Good | G4- 12 Games to Build Your Brain | SoakYourHead-DualNBack | FastCompany-Dumb Action Games | Amazon-What Games Teach Us About Learning