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How Escape Rooms Can Improve Your Memory

November 22, 2017

 

There are many ways to improve your memory, as well as many reasons you’d want to. Improving your memory can help with everyday tasks, at your job, and even with decreasing the risk of dementia and other memory-related illnesses. While doing escape rooms can’t do all the work for you (you’re on your own with getting enough sleep and eating healthy), they can help you with things like exercising your brain, socializing, and laughing, all of which have shown to improve memory.

 

You’ve probably heard before that puzzles and “brain teasers” are a good way to improve memory and stay sharp on a daily basis. A lot of the popularity of digestible puzzles like crosswords and sudoku has to do with this fact. Escape rooms can fill the same role as these smaller puzzles, but on a larger scale. Most escape rooms are broken down into a series or multiple series of small puzzles. These puzzles are easily digestible on their own, but combine into a greater whole that ultimately leads to escaping the room. No one puzzle takes more than a few minutes once you have all the pieces of it, but each escape room could have dozens of puzzles. When you complete a puzzle like a crossword or a sudoku, it’s over as soon as you fill in the last box. Escape rooms, however, require you to take that outputted information and combine it with other information found throughout the room, which adds a whole extra layer to the participant’s engagement. The creative thinking required to put the disparate puzzles together can serve memory improvement even better than individual puzzles and brain teasers can.
 

Another important part of memory improvement is socialization. Studies have shown that regular social interaction, even in a casual setting like watching a movie or going out to eat, can have a similarly positive effect on memory to puzzles and more “formal” memory training. Escape rooms are a very social experience- one person could not finish a room on their own. They require the work of many different people to come together to finish in time. Successful groups regularly break up into small groups, reform into other groups, and share information about where they’re at with certain puzzles and what they still haven’t figured out. Being able to work in groups on the fly and manage all of the separate voices in the room is an intensely social experience- which make live escape games even better for memory retention.

 

Finally, one of the tips doctors give regarding memory improvement is a simple one- laughter! Escape rooms are a lot of fun, and the simple act of enjoying yourself and laughing is another way that escape rooms can help improve your memory. Sometimes groups will laugh when they figure out a particularly tough puzzle, when they make it out of the room with time to spare, or even laugh at themselves when they notice they missed something.

 

Yes, you can get some daily puzzle solving from crosswords or sudoku puzzles, socialization from the movies or bowling, and laughter from just about anywhere. But why not check all the boxes with an escape room? Book a room at www.escapeocity.com and improve your memory today!

 

 

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