BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Over the past few years, many manufacturers launched games and programs which claim to train your brain and boost your cognitive abilities. Lumosity is one such example, which should improve memory and attention. However, a recent study shows such tools do not help people have a more intense neural activity.
How good is the brain training game Lumosity for your cognitive abilities?
For this study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers tested the efficacy of Lumosity in improving cognitive ability. They selected 128 people aged between 18 and 35 who either had to play Lumosity or entered a brain training program. The tests lasted for 10 weeks, during which they had to play the games five times per week.
Participants who played Lumosity didn’t score better in memory and general cognitive performance when compared to people who played regular video games. Also, their decision making skills did not improve and, again, showed similar results to all other video game players.
Lumosity manufacturers promoted their game like a brain training activity which shows visible results in increasing their cognitive capabilities. The difficulty levels are set individually, according to each person’s performance. Since it is so highly customized, it was expected to return great results.
There are more effective ways to improve your brain function
People who play Lumosity do get better at the game, indeed, but researchers suspect one thing. They might not actually improve their cognitive skills, but rather get used to the game and learn how to get better at this specific task.
Manufacturers also claimed Lumosity helps people be more sensible when taking decisions. Since a person can train its brain and get better thinking skills, it might be possible for them to tame an impulsive behavior. However, researchers saw no improvements in this sense either.
There’s no need for brain training games to have your mind function better. Physical exercise, as well as a healthy diet boost your brain function and help you think more clearly. Also, don’t forget about sleep and stress, which also have a high influence on your cognitive capabilities.
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