DailyDirt: Playing Games With Your Brain

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Who wouldn’t want to improve their brain function simply by playing some games or doing some brain training exercises? (If doing homework or reading counts as a brain training exercise, though, there are plenty of students who don’t seem to want to better their brains.) Brain games are getting popular (have you seen any Lumosity ads recently?), and there are already plenty of educational software programs for skills like learning foreign languages. Some of these brain games claim to help you maintain your cognitive skills as you get older, and there’s even some evidence that these claims could be true. Here are just a few examples of brain games that could help keep us all mentally fit for decades to come.

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Nastybutler77 (profile) says:

Each of these bullet points seem to contridict the one(s) before it:

“Unfortunately, it looks like memory training doesn’t slow memory loss as we age.”

“…elderly volunteers who played it showed improvements in memory…”

“…the games show little to no real benefits.”

Admittedly, I did not RTFAs, but just from the synopsis’ it makes me scratch my head.

Peter Wakefield Sault (user link) says:

The best form of cerebral exercise is chess and the best form of chess for maximum exertion is faery chess (variable rules, agreed between players before each game).

But chess is not patentable so large Corporations have no interest in it.

The following nootropic drugs profoundly improve the functioning of the brain and taken together have synergistic effects:-

Lucidril (DMAE)

“Mind” is an Ancient Greek myth and is entirely imaginary. It was governed by a goddess named Psukhe (pron. Spooky). In reality there is no such thing. People who believe in it follow various religions such as Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. The emerging discipline of neuroscience will eventually replace all such primitive medieval nonsense and will perhaps even find a cure for psychopathy (aka Bankers Syndrome).

Kranjc (user link) says:

There is real value in some brain games...

Surely, there is at least one category of brain games that indisputably benefits all players at large: educational games with real-world application, like these simple games that teach computer programming, or DragonBox that teaches algebra, or DimensionU games (and the likes now sprouting), or various other simulations…

These are very different to Lumosity-style games where all you are practicing are the games themselves: Your memory and attention skills are not increasing; you just learned to better play that particular game. Which is unfortunate, really. 🙁

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