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Brain Training Games Are Not Effective Say Researchers

A team of scientists brought together by the consumer watchdog Which? has disproved the claims that Brain Enhancing devices like Nintendo's Dr Kawashima's Brain Training help in enhancing the memory of their users.

They have asserted that the results with these devices are only as good as with those of conventional methods, such as solving crosswords and searching the web.

A group of experts, comprising renowned neuroscientists, asserted that there were no evidences to back a number of manufacturers’ claims that the devices can help in improving the memory skills or minimizes the chances of various diseases, such as dementia.

A range of electronic brain training devices, such as Nintendo DS, which were endorsed by celebrities like singer Cheryl Cole and actor Nicole Kidman, have gained huge popularity owing to claims that they enhance the memory of the users considerably.

But, the experts asserted that much of these claims were found to be “weak”, and even in some cases common activities, like playing computer games, could offer the same results.

Quoting the findings of the research study, Martyn Hocking, editor of the magazine Which?, asserted that one can enjoy these gadgets for gaming only, and said in a statement, “But if people are under the illusion that these devices are scientifically proven to keep their minds in shape, they need to think again”.

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Our Comments

For the second time in one month, a team of experts have said that video games which were supposed to improve human beings' brain performance were duds. That said, getting people to believe that video games COULD improve their game performance could be a powerful placebo.But that's an altogether different story.

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