Description: You have heard about brain training exercises right? Do this, do that, go and play this game on that website and you will actually improve the general functioning of your brain. You will think better, more clearly, faster and you will do better on exams, in school and at work. So are claims like this true? What do you think? Once you have formed an option of this subject or pulled one from memory read the article linked below.
Source: Does Brain Training Make you Smart? Caroline Williams, The Guardian, Life and Style.
Date: February 5, 2017
Photo Credit: Warner Bros/Rex/Shutterstock
Links: Article Link — https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/05/does-brain-training-make-you-smart
So, were you surprised by the simple bottom line that brain training does NOT work in any simple way? The author of the article (and the book she wrote about the subject) put a LOT of time and energy into trying out a lot of the brain training systems and claims and had scientific assistance and support while doing so. Her conclusion is not that we should give up on training our brains but rather that we should find ways to simply become better users or “drivers” of our brains.
Questions for Discussion:
- Is a yes or no answer to the question of whether brain training works acceptable?
- What do brain training apps and exercises do for us (supposedly)?
- What can we (maybe) do to improve our brain usage? Is “training” the best word for what seems to work?
References (Read Further):
Williams, C. (2017). Override: my quest to go beyond brain training and take control of my mind. Scribe Publications.
Owen, A. M., Hampshire, A., Grahn, J. A., Stenton, R., Dajani, S., Burns, A. S., … & Ballard, C. G. (2010). Putting brain training to the test. Nature, 465(7299), 775-778. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2884087/?version=meter+at+null&module=meter-Links&pgtype=article&contentId=&mediaId=&referrer=&priority=true&action=click&contentCollection=meter-links-click
Bryck, R. L., & Fisher, P. A. (2012). Training the brain: Practical applications of neural plasticity from the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and prevention science. American Psychologist, 67(2), 87. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335430/
Nouchi, R., Taki, Y., Takeuchi, H., Hashizume, H., Akitsuki, Y., Shigemune, Y., … & Kawashima, R. (2012). Brain training game improves executive functions and processing speed in the elderly: a randomized controlled trial. PloS one, 7(1), e29676. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0029676
Buitenweg, J. I., Murre, J. M., & Ridderinkhof, K. R. (2012). Brain training in progress: a review of trainability in healthy seniors. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 6, 79-89. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00183
Bavelier, D., & Davidson, R. J. (2013). Brain training: Games to do you good. Nature, 494(7438), 425-426.