People Who Regularly Play Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles Have Sharper Brains
Time to break out those pencils!cognitive decline later in life . “We’ve found that the more regularly people engage with puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku, the sharper their performance is across a range of tasks assessing memory, attention and reasoning. The improvements are particularly clear in the speed and accuracy of their performance,” said study author Anne Corbett, Ph.D., a senior lecturer in dementia research at the University of Exeter. She continued, “We can’t say that playing these puzzles necessarily reduces the risk of dementia in later life, but this research supports previous findings that indicate regular use of word and number puzzles helps keep our brains working better for longer.” The authors concluded that those who regularly do puzzles “have brains which may work better for longer,” adding that those participants who never played puzzles or mind games had lower test results. Sounds like that Sunday pastime can definitely pay off—so check out when you’re in need of a new challenge. From: Michelle Darrisaw Culture & News Writer Michelle is the Culture & News Writer for OprahMag.com, where she writes about celebrities (she considers herself an expert on Beyoncé and Reese Witherspoon), plus the latest in pop-culture news, binge-worthy TV shows, and movies. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Read more: Prevention Magazine
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