There are a lot of products and aids out there that claim to make you smarter; games that say they can increase your IQ. Now, however, researchers in the field of neuroscience are telling us that brain training games are really not all they are cracked up to be; they may be little more than a waste of money and time.
Nicole Kidman and Sir Patrick Stewart may tell you that they will make you smarter, but apparently there is no evidence to suggest that brain games can really improve mental abilities.
The study conducted by University of Cambridge and the BBC showed that these games could no more make you smarter than if you spent the same amount of time surfing the internet.
Sure you may get better at a given exercise; in other words your skill or proficiency relating to that particular task may improve, however there is little to suggest that your cognitive abilities will improve with prolonged use.
Where these games could actually make a difference is, in people with conditions such as Alzheimerâ€™s disease.Â Those with cognitive impairment may be seen to benefit, the researchers said, but for the rest of us, Dr Kawashimaâ€™s Brain Training games such as Brain Training or More Brain Training are just that; games!
Source: Times online