Watching 3D films may protect the aging brain

Film lovers differ in their level of appreciation for films that include 3D elements. Some say that it adds a sense of realism and enhances the "movie magic," while others find the 3D glasses distracting and the effects underwhelming. However, if you're interested in keeping your brain sharp as you age, new research from a British university shows that 3D films might help in that effort. 

Neuroscientist Patrick Fagan of Goldsmiths University of London and Brendan Walker of Thrill Laboratory teamed up to investigate the effects of watching 3D films on the brain. They showed more than 100 people either a 3D film or a standard film at Vue's London Piccadilly Cinema and found that members of the group shown the 3D film experienced a 23 percent increase in cognitive processing ability and an 11 percent improvement in reaction time for up to 20 minutes after watching the film. Meanwhile, those who had watched the standard film showed only an 11 percent increase in cognitive processing and a 2 percent increase in reaction time.

The researchers believe that since these results are similar to those found in studies of "brain training" exercises, watching films in 3D may actually help the brain stay sharp with age. The immersion of a 3D film and the effort required of the brain to maintain the 3D illusion seem to be behind these cognitive effects.

"These findings are more significant than you might think. It is a fact that people are living longer and there is a noticeable decline in cognitive brain function in old age which can impair future quality of life," Fagan said in a statement.

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