Wednesday, 21 Apr, 2010 Science

Brain Training Games Do Not Increase Brain Power, Scientists Say


According to a research carried out by British scientists, brain training games do not increase overall brain power. In a study, set up by BBC, 11,430 participants took part, being examined by scientists who asked the participants to play brain training computer games.

After 6 weeks of study, researchers found that players did not register any improvements in overall reasoning, memory or visuo-spatial abilities. It is worth mentioning that the video games developed for the study were designed by researchers from the Medical Research Council and the Alzheimer's Society.

Scientists asked the study participants to do brain training exercises for at least 10 minutes a day, 3 times a week for 6 weeks. All of the volunteers were split in three brain training groups: one group trained reasoning powers, planning and problem-solving capabilities, the other played video games developed to train memory, attention, visuo-spatial and mathematical skills and participants from the third group were asked to do web-browsing that did not aim any particular cognitive skills.

The tests, which researchers performed before and after the study, unveiled that not one participant registered a boost in the ability to perform daily tasks, though some volunteers got better at playing certain individual games. More information on the study is available here.

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