Brain games don't make you smarter: Western University research
Researchers at Western University have found no evidence that brain games offer brain gains
Brain games don't offer any brain gains. That's a key finding from a new study by a team of neuroscientists at Western University.
The study looked at brain training applications that were widely promoted as positive influencers for the brain, including whether they can improve working memory or offer any cognitive benefit. The results were a resounding no.
"Despite all of our efforts to find some evidence that brain training could make you smarter, we couldn't find any," he added.
Stojanoski doesn't have a problem with people playing so-called brain training games. "But, don't expect the game to make you smarter," he said.
Diet and exercise
Stojanoski does have suggestions for people who want to strive for brain gains.
"A lot of new research shows things like exercise, a healthy diet and socializing with friends all help improve and maintain your cognitive health," he said.
Getting enough sleep is also important, according to Stojanoski.
These tips can not only improve cognitive health, he said, they can also delay cognitive decline such as dementia.