The Role of Hide-and-Seek Games in Strengthening Spatial Memory in Children


  • Ni Wayan Puspa Wijaya Suryantarini Suryantarini Mataram University
  • Elyana Labib Maya Program Studi Pendidikan Dokter, Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Mataram, Mataram, Indonesia.
  • Nihal Ahmad Muharis Program Studi Pendidikan Dokter, Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Mataram, Mataram, Indonesia.
  • Herpan Syafii Harahap Departemen Neurologi, Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Mataram, Mataram, Indonesia



spatial memory, petak umpet, hippocampus, searching


Spatial memory is memory that is used to interpret and use information about the shape, route and location of objects in the surroundings by involving self-orientation in three-dimensional space. Strong spatial memory may lower children’s chances of developing cognitive impairment due to neurodegenerative processes. Strengthening spatial memory can be effectively done through the traditional game of hide-and-seek. Through playing hide and seek, children become familiar with patterns of spatial relationships between surrounding objects which are used in search situations or navigating in familiar environments. Unfortunately, currently children are starting to rarely have direct interactions outdoors with their friends due to the isolation of the previous pandemic and the increasing dependence on smartphones. Therefore, the development of hide and seek games can not only increase the chances of success in improving spatial memory from an early age, but also as an effort to preserve the existence of traditional games among society. This article review discussed the potential role of hide-and-seek in increasing the spatial memory in children and the benefit of proper spatial memory in compensating cognitive impairment related to any pathological conditions in brain.


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How to Cite

Suryantarini, N. W. P. W. S., Elyana Labib Maya, Nihal Ahmad Muharis, & Herpan Syafii Harahap. (2023). The Role of Hide-and-Seek Games in Strengthening Spatial Memory in Children . Jurnal Kedokteran, 12(4), 337–343.

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