Crossword puzzles prolongs the life of the brain, scientists have proved

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People constantly was studying crosswords and other puzzles, on average, have more healthy and active brain in older years compared to the rest of the inhabitants of the planet, British scientists said, speaking at the international conference AAIC 2017 in London.

«We have found a direct correlation between how often people solve crosswords and how quickly and accurately they solve the problem associated with attention, logical thinking and memory. For example, pensioners, solve crosswords, coped with the tasks associated with grammar and working memory, as well as people 10 years their younger. We need to test these findings in clinical trials,» said Keith Wesnes (Keith Wesnes) from the University of Exeter (UK).

In recent years, scientists have been actively interested in how various intellectual exercises, including crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, and a special virtual «simulators for the brain», popular in the global network affect the sharpness of mind of people and especially on the brain of elderly people.

At the moment there is no clear evidence whether such training the brain. Some scientists believe that they allow you to keep your mind sharp in old age and delay the time of onset of senile dementia, while other researchers claim that «simulators for the brain» can only improve the short-term or long-term memory but not increase the sharpness of mind or speed of thought.

Have wesnes and his colleagues found that these exercises still help people to maintain their brain in order, watching the health of about 22 million elderly Britons aged 50 to 96 years who participated in an online project PROTECT.

Under this initiative, scientists were able to give free tasks for their elderly wards, and anonymously talk to them about various aspects of their lives, including study of their habits, diet, level of education and a love of different crosswords, crossword puzzles and other intellectual Hobbies.

By studying these data, Wesnes and his colleagues came across a curious thing – it turned out that the level of entrainment of British pensioners crosswords reflects how well worked their brains. For example, people who are never interested in this kind of intellectual hobby, on average 15% slower cope with the simplest tasks on English grammar and 4% less likely to remember the things that they were asked to remember scientists.

How much different these indicators is directly dependent on how much they did crossword puzzles, indicating a direct link between the brain and a passion for intellectual games and Hobbies. In the near future, scientists from the University of Exeter plan to conduct a clinical trial in which they will verify if such lessons help the brain to prolong his intellectual life.


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