[Note: already aware of this thread
about sharpening the mind in general. Good advice over there.]
Being both a gamer and a fan of brains puts me right at the intersection of this demographic.
Brain Age 1 & 2 (for Nintendo DS), Brain Challenge
(for PC, and Lumosity
(browser/online) all have similar claims - improve memory, focus, cognition and reaction time through simple puzzles.
Certainly sounds great
, and i'd like to believe that this type of training actually increases my mental capacity outside the game. That said, i am not alone
in my skepticism of a game's ability to do this on its' own. There are lots of studies that seem to show both positive and null effects of these games. The biggest problem seems to be that the bulk of the positive results seem focused on showing how well peoples scores within the framework of the game
after practice, and not much else.
Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or academic in nature that shows more concretely how much these games can actually improve cognitive function?