Brain Training Games promise to make your memory better, to make you smarter and faster by just installing and using them every day. This type of games are made to challenge your mind in order to make it think better and faster but this new study shows that they are not as effective as we think they are.
These games are made on the premise that they help the person improve mental abilities and aptitudes. Some teachers use this to justify the Latin courses, on the same premise that learning something regularly can improve the logic.
The practice does make you develop skills that help you perform that task easily; it does not have anything to do with the other mental abilities. For instance, in the 1970’s another group of researchers made a test. They made some students remember random numbers. They were great at it after some practice and they could recognize up to 70 digits at once. Despite this, they could not recognize 10 letters when the researchers asked them.
Another research came to contradict the one in the 1970’s. The research in 2008 performed by a scientist at the University of Michigan made the participants work several memory tasks and showed that the team who did the memory tasks had a better performance when it came to other memory tests.
Many other made tests and studies to find which one is right, does the practice help you perform different memory task or it only improves the one that you practice. The ones that gained from this debate were the companies that started producing brain testing games.
This recent study gathered the results from other 375 studies performed earlier and the result showed that these games are not as useful as they pretend to be. In order to have this result, the researchers took into account the placebo effect, meaning that people who knew they were tested tried harder.
“It would be really nice if you could play some games and have it radically change your cognitive abilities. But the studies don’t show any sorts of objectively measured real-world outcomes,” said the co-author of the study, Daniel Simons
This research showed that when the other previous studies were performed they did not take into account people’s expectation.
What is your opinion about brain training games? Do you play any of them?