8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

Forget about trying all the trivia and memory apps to make you feel smarter. Get your hands on the wheel and increase your brain power by playing your favourite racing game now!
8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

1. Stress reduction

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

Racing games are typically non-violent, and they can calm stress in a few different ways. Choosing easy courses that you’ve raced before or solo test laps without the pressure of competition brings low stress, and a good performance is always rewarding. Taking a beautiful car you can’t afford for a scenic ride somewhere you’ve never been can melt away any petrolhead’s worries after a long day.

Surprisingly, intense racing can also reduce stress (in the long run). High-speed racing with close competition a few times each week can train your brain to decrease signalling that causes increases in adrenaline, sweat and heart rate. In turn, you will be better able to control yourself in other real world stressful situations.

2. Information gathering

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

Whether a crew chief is firing away over the radio or a co-driver is navigating the course ahead, a driver must process several layers of information while keeping their attention on driving in the moment. At any time in a racing game, the driver could be assessing damage and wear on the vehicle, looking through an upcoming turn or determining how to overtake a competitor. We no longer practice using only visual information, but also using wheel feedback and audio tips.

3. Concentration and focus

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

Taking in all the information from multiple sources and processing it to form mid-race strategies requires the ability to multitask. With so many inputs hitting you simultaneously, every race demands complete focus to make it to the finish line. Maintaining focus throughout a long race, or series of races, may help your concentration in work or school related tasks.

4. Memory

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

The mesh of a 3D world and force feedback allows us to more easily store memories by bringing reality and fiction closer together. If we can trick ourselves into halfway believing we are really driving, we can later access the memories made in the race more easily as near facts. This doesn’t work the same for monotonous mobile games.

Last year, research from the University of California at Irvine showed a clear difference in memory improvement between gamers playing 3D interactive games versus 2D repetitive games. Gamers who played a 3D interactive game 30 minutes a day for two weeks saw an immediate 12 per cent increase in memory scores.

5. Decision making

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

If you want to exercise your brain’s decision-making abilities, fire up a multiplayer session. Forcing yourself to make quick calls under tight racing, time and space constraints will help you make faster on-the-spot decisions. High-speed multiplayer games beg from the driver thousands of decisions per race, making mental speed a hot commodity.

6. Strategy and problem solving

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

For you dedicated drivers who practice driving lines and aggressive tactics before facing your competition, mapping out a plan is essential before a race. If you can visualise your race before it begins and use your mistakes to plan for the next event, you’re bound to increase your strategic and problem solving capacity.

7. Coordination

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

The link between improved eye-hand coordination and video games has long been confirmed. Racing games provide unique training exercises for coordination when paired with a force feedback wheel and pedals. Regular racing can help you react faster and more accurately to visual and physical interactions in real life.

8. Long-term wellbeing

8 Ways Racing Games Give You A Powerful Brain Boost

In a study conducted by the Department of Psychology at NC State University, researchers found that older adults who were regular gamers scored consistently higher than non-gamers in a variety of mental ageing measures. The regular gamers had a higher sense of well-being and health than their counterparts. They also showed higher social function and were less likely to show signs of depression. It’s a good thing we have a long-term love affair with racing games.


Aiman Rahman

this now my bookmark so i can show my dad how important a petrolhead’s life is
Thank you so much + I think I’m the first to give you a point and comment

05/18/2016 - 12:05 |
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Stress reduction? You’ve never had a fuel mileage race on iRacing have you?

05/21/2016 - 12:13 |
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Or that moment were you play MCLA and you do a pink slip race…

05/21/2016 - 13:01 |
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iCypher(Joel Chan)

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Or, Real Racing 3. Bloody hell, that made me very angry..’Objective:Win the race, no crashing.’ Tries to do that, Fails on the VERY First turn. Got so angry I uninstalled RR3.Everything about RR3 is infuriating in my mind..

05/21/2016 - 13:20 |
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David 27

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GRID: le mans racing
either tailgating or blocking the lane

05/23/2016 - 13:17 |
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Luke Woessner (G17)

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When you play SLRR and a light crash destroys everything…

10/24/2016 - 00:03 |
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I feel you man

12/27/2018 - 19:51 |
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Turbo Prius
05/21/2016 - 12:14 |
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The only issue, the steering is not real time or offers a true steering experience.. even with all the feedback gyros, vibrations added nothing is like the real thing.. Also, the visual perception is not relevant to the drivers point of view.. often I would place the camera angle at the front of the vehicle just to gain an advantage and because this is how I drive in real life.. look far forward to expect and prepare for approaching curves.

05/21/2016 - 12:23 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

so you drive from the front of your vehicle…. (aka bumper) and the drivers pov is not relevant for you….
you must be a really good bus driver! gg

05/21/2016 - 12:49 |
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I usualy race my Golf R32 around tbe Laguna Seca for stress relief. It feels like the R32 is made for it!

05/21/2016 - 12:28 |
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This is why i think forza horizon is one of the best games you can just relax

05/21/2016 - 12:39 |
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the crew to (when it’s not bugging like hell)

05/21/2016 - 13:09 |
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Or GT, while you have chill music playing while cruising slowly around the track.

05/21/2016 - 15:04 |
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MIKEL (KE20 is looking)

I guess I’ll play another lap before studying for calculus haha. Btw Nice post

05/21/2016 - 13:03 |
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BünnyRöcket Entertainment

what game is the Go-Kart picture from?

05/21/2016 - 13:10 |
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Max fliearman

You’re right stress reduction and problem solving are things I’ve found from racing games Because they do calm me down after a busy week

05/21/2016 - 13:27 |
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