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Do Brain Games Really Make You Smarter?

There’s a lot of conflicting research out there about brain training games. It seems like they’re helpful, but are they actually working to improve our intelligence? Anthony wades through the research to determine the actual value of brain games.

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Brain Teaser Games May Slow Aging Mind

“Challenging yourself with a brain-teasing game for just two hours a week may help slow the degree of mental decay associated with the natural aging process, a new study finds.”

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Training Using a Visual Speed of Processing Intervention in Middle Aged and Older Adults

“Age-related cognitive decline is common and may lead to substantial difficulties and disabilities in everyday life. We hypothesized that 10 hours of visual speed of processing training would prevent age-related declines and potentially improve cognitive processing speed.”

Online Brain-Training: Does it Really Work?

“Websites that claim to increase concentration, verbal reasoning and memory have become big business, despite research that challenges their effectiveness.”

Q&A: New Evidence Shows Brain-Training Games Don’t Work

“The desire to improve our cognitive ability through brain-training games has turned into what is said to be a trillion-dollar industry.”

Do Brain Games Work?

“A few new studies, including one meta-analysis, suggest brain games don’t make you any better at anything but playing brain games.”

Putting Brain Training to the Test



“‘Brain training’, or the goal of improved cognitive function through the regular use of computerized tests, is a multimillion-pound industry1, yet in our view scientific evidence to support its efficacy is lacking.”

Working Memory Training Does Not Improve Intelligence in Healthy Young Adults

“Jaeggi and her colleagues claimed that they were able to improve fluid intelligence by training working memory.”

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