Do Aces Effect Neuroplasticity?
We all know that exercise is good for the brain. It increases blood flow and helps to protect cognitive function as we age. But can something as simple as playing cards have a similar effect?
A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience suggests that card games may indeed offer some benefits for the brain. Researchers found that a group of older adults who played the card game Ace of spades for eight weeks showed improvements in attention and processing speed, along with increased connectivity in certain brain regions.
So what behind these changes? The answer may lie in neuroplasticity, the brain ability to rearrange its neural circuitry in response to experiences. Previous research has shown that mental and physical activity can promote neuroplasticity, and it seems playing card games may be one way to do this.
While the current study is small and more research is needed to confirm its findings, it provides some compelling evidence that card games may be a helpful addition to our cognitive arsenal. So break out the deck of cards and get shuffling!