NeuroLabNet. NeuroEdu. NeuroCreativity. Study: Brain Games Don't Boost Overall Mental Function. You've probably heard it before: the brain is a muscle that can be strengthened.
It's an assumption that has spawned a multimillion-dollar computer-game industry of electronic brainteasers and memory games. But in the largest study of these games to date, a team of British researchers has found that healthy adults who undertake computer-based "brain training" do not improve their mental fitness in any significant way. The study, published online on Tuesday by the journal Nature, tracked 11,430 participants through a six-week online study. All participants were given a battery of unrelated, benchmark cognitive-assessment tests before and after the six-week study.
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