Brain training games are said to improve your memory and help you built logical links between acts and things. However, a new study from specialists denies this general belief. Although there are voices that claim that training your brain with such methods is really effective, the recent study brings no such evidence.
Brain training games are believed to have many advantages, such as preventing mental decline in elderly people, improving the quality of memory, and so on and so forth. The new study investigating these games points out that they don’t apply to real life situations. Scientists explain that if a person has a high score with remembering the order of items or letters in a game, this doesn’t help them remember phone numbers or other codes that they need in their everyday life.
One of the main beneficiaries of brain training games are the very companies that produce and sell them. They assure people that the goods they offer are tested and that specialized studies account for their quality and efficiency. However, the team of researchers that conducted the new study also took a look at those analyses. According to them, most of them are vague.
Daniel Simons was the leader of the research team. He and his colleagues investigated almost four hundred such studies from companies which sell brain training games. Some of the studies lacked in-depth analyses. The researchers concluded that the arguments of the studies and the features of the products couldn’t be qualified as efficient, especially not for all patients.
In previous years, some experiments were conducted, and they were meant to highlight the impact of brain training games on people. Participates had to either play a game they knew would improve their memory or an unspecified game. They had to be engaged in the activity for an hour and then state their impressions. However, the people who played the unspecified game were involved in the same activity as those who knew they were playing a brain training game.
The result was that people in the first category reported improvement on their cognitive qualities. The other group shared no such impressions, although they performed the same acts. Thus the specialists concluded that brain training games have a massive “placebo effect” on people. This means that they only have the impression of improvement, but the improvement is not necessarily real.
Statistics show that companies which create and sell such products earn millions of dollars every year. However, the games are not quite efficient. Are you still thinking about getting one?
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