Can this driving video game rejuvenate your brain?

NeuroRacer players have to negotiate a hilly course while picking out roadsigns.

(Credit: Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Some people think video games rot your brain, but a new study suggests the opposite may be true if you’re older.

Neurological activity in the brains of people as old as 80 began resembling that of people in their 20s after playing a multitasking driving game, according to a report published Thursday in the science journal Nature.

Older adults who drove a car around a course in NeuroRacer while picking out road signs showed improvement in their short-term memory and long-term focus, suggesting that games tailored to specific skills can have cognitive benefits.

A group led by neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley of the University of California, San Francisco, tested 30 adults of various ages on their multitasking skills as measured by gaming.

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