Bingo may not sound exciting, but a study conducted by Julie Winstone, from the University of Southampton's Centre for Visual Cognition at the Department of Psychology in the United Kingdom found that bingo improves mental agility.
The need to quickly identify numbers and to use eye-hand coordination is something that requires mental sharpness. Playing bingo is felt to keep minds sharper by exercising these skills. Winstone is a cognitive psychologist who studies both older and younger people who played bingo.
Both older and younger bingo players were faster and more accurate than non-bingo players. Curiously enough, in some tasks, the older players fared better than the younger ones.
The findings are consistent with other research, that suggests that regular activities which require high levels of mental activity helps to maintain cognitive functioning in later life.