Research shows the benefit of computer brain training games
Researchers at King's College London have published their findings of a 6 month study into the effects of sustained daily use of computer brain training games on people over 50.
Just 10 minutes of play daily on problem solving and reasoning games helped participants in the study improve both their memory and reasoning skills.
The findings are significant, point out the researchers, because the effects of such brain training could have a positive impact on how well older people are able to carry out everyday tasks such as navigating public transport, shopping, cooking and managing personal finances.
Further research is now planned by the team at King's College, explains Dr Anne Corbett, to explore whether computer brain training games could have a place in reducing people's risk of developing dementia as they get older.
“The impact of a brain training package such as this one could be extremely significant for older adults who are looking for a way to proactively maintain their cognitive health as they age.
We’re launching a new open trial to see how well older people engage with the brain training package over the long-term. We want to investigate how genetics might affect performance to allow us to better understand how brain training could be used to maintain cognition or even reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.”
King's College, London
The Alzheimer's Society, which funded the research, is encouraging people to have a go at brain training. Visit their web page by clicking here to try out a demo brain training game
To read more about the research visit King's College London website