Scientists claimed this after a recent study conducted on mobile games which were carried out on 52 students.

“Mobile games are getting popular these days so we wanted to study the mental effects of these games and their implications,” said Assistant Professor Michael Patterson, who carried out the research with PhD student Adam Oei.

As part of the research, the scientists had asked the undergraduates, who were all non-gamers, to play one of four games- action game Modern Combat, real-time strategy StarFront Collision, arcade game Fruit Ninja and puzzle game Cut the Rope, for an hour a day five days a week over four weeks.

The participants before and after the gaming period were also given series of standard tasks, which could tell how faster they could switch to another tasks, how fast they could adapt to a new situation and how well they could focus on information while blocking out distractions.

Only the group of 15 students, who played Cut the Rope, showed significant improvement in all three tasks.
After 20 hours of game play over four weeks, they could switch between tasks 33 percent faster than before.

They were 30 percent faster in adapting to new situations and 60 percent better in blocking out distractions.

Cut the Rope requires players to feed sweets to a little green creature called Om Nom while collecting stars. The treats hang by one or several ropes which players must cut. Players meet more obstacles on the way and change strategies in order to meet the goal.

Dr Patterson said, “Cut the Rope improved brain functions probably due to its unique puzzle design. Strategies which worked for earlier levels would not work in later levels. This regularly forces players to think creatively and try alternate solutions.”

“This is unlike most other video games which keep the same general mechanics and just need players to speed up or increase the number of items they keep track of,” he added.

Dr Patterson, however, cautions against addiction to mobile gaming. He adds that mobile gaming should not affect your physical and exercising habits.


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