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5 Popular TV Game Shows That Rely on Memory to Win

By    |   Wednesday, 25 May 2016 05:18 PM

As we age, our memories naturally begin to decline. But recent research shows that playing or watching TV game shows is instrumental in strengthening memory.

Brain games, according to The Huffington Post, can greatly improve memory by stimulating synapses in the brain. Brain games can also improve cognition and concentration.

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The following five popular TV game shows rely on memory to win while possibly improving memory along the way.

"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"
This long-standing TV game show has captivated viewers since 2007 and requires a keen, long-term memory to win. Adult contestants pair up with one of five fifth graders for the chance to win $1 million. The student contestants offer the adult contestants answers to the questions; adults must rely on their long-term memories to decide whether or not those answers are correct.

"Celebrity Name Game"
"Celebrity Name Game," developed by Courtney Cox and David Arquette, requires celebrities paired with contestants to rely on their memories to identify famous actors, singers, athletes, pop culture icons, politicians, and cartoon characters.

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"Jeopardy" and its host Alex Trebek have won the hearts and minds of viewers and contestants since syndication in 1984. Relying on memory is vital for winning this TV game show. Given the answer in the form of a clue, contestants must dig deep and form a correct corresponding question. Topics include science, literature, history, pop culture, and trivia.

"Wheel of Fortune"
This longest-running, wheel-spinning TV game show requires a sharp memory to call to mind popular phrases, names, and places. Contestants spin the wheel to solve word puzzles in various categories for the chance to win money and other prizes.

"Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Contestants have been using their memories to compete for the million-dollar prize on this show since 1999. Contestants are given increasingly difficult multiple-choice trivia questions and must answer correctly in order to move on. Lifelines can be used for assistance. These include the option to eliminate possible choices, ask the audience, or call upon a companion to assist with answering a question.

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