Brain Training May Boost Memory but Not Intelligence | Justice and Compliance above all. | Scoop.it

Go to any website and you’re bound to see ads for brain-training games and apps that promise to exercise your brain like you do your body at the gym. But are these games worth the sometimes sizable money that they cost?


According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and other U.S. universities, the answer depends upon what you’re hoping to get out of doing all those mental deadlifts.


Many of the games are really just exercises to improve your memory. Supposedly, remembering better spills over into the rest of your brain and makes you smarter overall.


The researchers tested this in a new study, published Oct. 8 in the journal Psychological Science.


They found that, even with 20 days of mental training, games designed to strengthen working memory didn’t lead to any improvements in general fluid intelligence, the kind used to reason and solve problems.

 

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