Nicole Kidman may have been fooled by its cute brain teasing charms, but Tech Digest were never truly convinced. Now there’s proof: new research shows that brain training games do not improve your IQ.
A scientific study of 11,430 volunteers conducted by the BBC proved that while using the brain trainers made the gamers better at the games themselves, the skills gathered were not transferable to the world at large.
One third of the volunteers were tasked with training their reasoning powers, planning and problem-solving skills, another third played games designed to train short-term memory, attention, mathematical abilities and visuospatial skills, while the final group were given web-browsing tasks that didn’t target any specific cognitive skills.
Across all the tests, none of the brain game participants gained a boost in everyday thinking tasks any more than those using the web-browser.
Dr Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at the Medical Research Council, said: “The results are clear. Statistically, 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.”