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Do Brain Training Games Actually Work?

Erik Ratcliffe/Creative Commons

There is no shortage of companies online claiming to offer brain training exercises that will improve your cognitive functioning. The commercial sites tout everything from improving short-term memory and attention to problem-solving and creativity.

But a growing body of research — including an article this month in The Journal of Neuroscience by University of Oregon professor Elliot Berkman — suggests this kind of training doesn’t transfer to daily life. Instead, the brain training games simply make you better at brain training games.

What questions do you have about games claiming to improve cognitive functioning?


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