The Independent reports that a mass experiment to find out if Brain Training games can make you smarter have shown that people are not getting smarter.
Involving 11,500 people the participants were better at some tests but that was due to practise – however reasoning and other cognitive functions remained at the same level after six weeks of playing brain training games.
Brain training games are a big niche market especially in the handheld category and whilst no particular game was mentioned we can speculate which series the experiment focused on by using our brains.
“The results are clear. There are no significant differences between the improvements seen in participants who played our brain-training games, and those who just went on the internet for the same length of time,” he said.
It is official – go on the internet or train your brain – it doesn’t matter.