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Joystiq presents

Brain Age works, it really really works!

And with a scientific headline such as that, who's to argue, amirite?

But seriously, according to some Israeli scientists the brain-training exercises found in the game MindFit (very much like Brain Age), when compared against classic computer games such as Tetris, actually improve brain power more. Using a total of 121 volunteers over the age of 50, the study spanned over 3 months and, at the end, when each group was divided the scientists found that both groups had improved, but the group playing MindFit actually had better spatial short-term memory, spatial learning and focused attention.

[Thanks, Andrew!]

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Alvaro1

3-20-2007 @ 8:58AM

Alvaro said...

Sorry to dissapoint you...but MindFit is as similar to Brain Age as a treadmill to walking in the park...the first has been shown to generalize, based on a solid assessment and training program, whereas the second is a very fun game but with no clinical data and an assessment that changes from your Brain Age is 50 to 28 within a week...

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leila2

3-24-2007 @ 8:08PM

leila said...

Very interesting. Saw an interview with a neuroscientist that explains this trend very well, with quotes such as

"Rigorous and targeted cognitive training has been used in clinical practice for many years. It can help improve memory, attention, confidence and competence, reasoning skills, even how to reduce anxiety and deal with uncomfortable situations." and "The brain evolves as we age. Some areas, such as pattern recognition, get better with age. Some require extra-workouts in order to reduce “chinks in the armor” and increase neuroprotection through the Cognitive (or Brain) Reserve). Hence, the need for targeted cognitive training."

Check the full interview here

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2006/12/08/dr-elkhonon-goldberg-on-brain-fitness-programs-and-cognitive-training/

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