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5 Popular TV Game Shows That Rely on Memory to Win

By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:59 AM

Television has long been an ideal setting for memory games. The best TV game shows have attracted millions of viewers who love answering questions along with contestants.

Can TV games actually help keep you mentally sharp? These five popular TV game shows allow participants and observers to use their memory and analytical abilities in solving problems.

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1. “Jeopardy” has been one of the most popular TV game shows for decades, starting in 1964 and running till 1975, before being successfully revived again in 1984. Contestants have to recall names, titles and events in categories ranging from history and science to entertainment, literature and trivia. The twist is that the answers are provided and the contestants supply the questions. If they don’t respond in the form of a question, they are incorrect.

2. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was a smash hit when first broadcast on ABC in 1999. Contestants must remember, self-test and reason out possible correct responses to beat out others and advance to the next level. Topics vary and start with relatively simple questions, getting more difficult as the game goes on, and each question has a larger payout. The game ends when the contestant answers incorrectly, taking the money earned home, or continues to the last question and correct answer to become a millionaire.

3. “Family Feud,” beginning on network television in 1976 and now in syndication, involves family members thinking of answers to a survey taken previously by group of people. The family competes against another family. Questions concern everyday activities or people’s thoughts on various issues. Contestants not only have to know about topics, but think about how the survey audience would respond.

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4. “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader” puts adults on the hot seat to answer questions on a fifth-grade level. The adult has grade school-age children to help out if necessary, but the adult still has to figure out if the child’s answer is correct. Adults often have to dig deep back into their memories to recall grade-school knowledge they haven’t had to use in decades.

5. “Wheel of Fortune” is another memory game that has entertained audiences for decades, starting in 1975. The game takes concentration and memory to solve a word puzzle. Contestants spin a carnival wheel for cash or prizes before selecting a letter to a phrase. They continue to choose letters until taking a guess at the phrase.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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